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Xu Xin and Sun Yingsha glitter at T2 Diamond

Thursday 21 November

T2 Diamond

Singapore

Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November

 

Xu Xin and Sun Yingsha glitter at T2 Diamond

 

Staged from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November in Singapore, China’s Xu Xin and Sun Yingsha won the respective men’s and women’s events at the T2 Diamond.

 

Each match best of seven games but each game the first player to 11 points and should the match progress beyond 24 minutes each ensuing game the first to five points.

 

After accounting for Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting (11-6, 11-1, w/o), who had to withdraw owing to an ankle injury after the end of the second game, Xu Xin made imposing progress. He accounted for Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik (11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 5-2) and Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto (11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 5-4) to reserve his place in the final where he faced Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, the winner earlier in the year in July when the tournament had been staged in Johor Bahru.

 

Decisive from the start; Xu Xin prevailed in straight games (11-9, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6).

 

 

Defeat for Lin Yun-Ju but once again the 18 year old impressed. In the opening round he beat Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin (10-12, 11-7, 10-12, 5-3, 5-3, 5-4), followed by success against Germany’s Patrick Franziska (10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 5-2, 1-5, 5-2) prior to accounting for China’s Lin Gaoyuan (11-6, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8) to reserve his place in the final.

 

Gold for Xu Xin, silver for Lin Yun-Ju; in the third place match it was success for Tomokazu Harimoto; he accounted for Lin Gaoyuan in seven games (8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 12-10, 5-3, 3-5, 5-3).

 

Comprehensive wins for Xu Xin, it was somewhat different for Sun Yingsha; after overcoming Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching (11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6, 5-1), she accounted for colleague Ding Ning in a similar manner (11-8, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 5-3), prior overcoming two stern tasks to seal the title. In the semi-final round she needed the full seven games to beat compatriot Wang Manyu (4-11, 7-11, 11-4, 10-12, 5-2, 5-1, 5-1), prior to securing the title at the expense of Japan’s Mima Ito in a similar manner (11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 7-11, 5-3, 3-5, 5-4).

 

 

Meanwhile, for Mima Ito en route to the final there had been no such trials and tribulations. She accounted for colleagues, Kasumi Ishikawa (11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 11-3) and Hitomi Sato (11-9, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6), before ending the hopes of Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee (11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 5-2, 5-1).

 

Third place finished in the hands of Wang Manyu, in the play-off contest she beat Jeon Jihee (11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-2).

 

Editor: Ian Marshall

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