The United States Open 2005: Tie Yana and Zhang Rui add to title haul
Success in South America when clinching the top prize at the expense of Veronika and Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus at the ITTF World Tour Chile Open in Santiago, one week later venturing north of the equator to Florida, Hong Kong’s Tie Yana and Zhang Rui added to their title collection.
On Sunday 10th July 2005, they won the women’s doubles title at the Liebherr United States Open.
The top seeds, the Hong Kong pair duly underlined their status. They beat the Korea Republic pairing of Lee Eunhee and Lee Hyangmi in the opening round followed by success against the latter's colleagues Kim Minhee and Moon Hyunjung in the quarters.
In the semis, they faced Singapore's Sun Beibei and Wang Yuegu, who one round earlier had beaten Korea's highly rated Kim Bokrae and Kim Kyungah.
Moreover, the previous month, the pair had caused Tie Yana and Zhang Rui problems. At the semi-final stage of the TMS Chinese Taipei Open, the Singaporeans had emerged successful when recovering from two games to nil deficit to win four in a row and book a place in the final. Alas for the duo there had been no gold; in the final, they suffered defeat at the hands of Gao Jun of the United States and Spain’s Shen Yanfei.
In Fort Lauderdale Tie Yana and Zhang Rui reaped revenge and won in five games to reach a women's doubles final on the ITTF Pro Tour (now ITTF World Tour) for the fourth time in the year. Previously, they had reached the final in Slovenia, Croatia, and Chile; on each occasion, they had won.
The final in Fort Lauderdale saw them face the Korea Republic pair comprising Kim Hyehyun and Kim Junghyun; very much the surprise combination of the tournament. Unseeded, they had beaten second seeds, Hong Kong's Lau Sui Fei and Song Ah Sim, in round one; Li Jia Wei and Korean colleague Park Mi Young in the quarters, before ousting Singapore's Tan Paey Fern and Zhang Xueling in the semis.
At the final hurdle, they gave a spirited performance but in recent months Tie Yana and Zhang Rui had proved themselves to be a pair of high quality; in six games they succeeded.
Notably, at the time, it meant Tie Yana and Zhang Rui moved to the top of the ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles Standings.
Disappointment for the Korea Republic but there was a success, in the under 21 women’s singles event, they provided three of the four semi-finalists, France's Carole Grundisch being the interloper.
She had caused the upset of the event by beating top seed, Sun Beibei, in the quarters but in the semis found life tough against Kim Junghyun and lost in six games.
Meanwhile, in the second semifinal Lee Eunhee overcame Kim Minhee in seven games, capturing the title by beating Kim Junghyun, a contest in which she recovered from three games to nil deficit before securing victory.
Tie Yana/Zhang Rui (HKG) bt Kim Min Hee/Moon Hyun Jung (KOR) 5,-5,5,5,6
Sun Bei Bei/Wang Yue Gu (SIN) bt Kim Bok Rae/Kim Kyung Ah (KOR) -11,7, 12,4,8
Tan Paey Fern/Zhang Xueling (SIN) bt Jun Hye Kyun/Kim Soong Jil KOR) 10,9,6,-9,9
Kim Hye Hyun/Kim Jung Hyun (KOR) bt Li Jia Wei/Park Mi Young (SIN/KOR) 1 1,11,-6,9,9
Tie Yana/Zhang Rui (HKG) bt Sun Bei Bei/Wang Yue Gu (SIN) 5,4,8,-7,9
Kim Hye Hyun/Kim Jung Hyun (KOR) bt Tan Paey Fern/Zhang Xueling (SIN) 9, 11,13,8
Tie Yana/Zhang Rui (HKG) bt Kim Hye Hyun/Kim Jung Hyun (KOR) 5,-9,-5,5,5,9
Under 21 Women's Singles
Kim Jung Hyun (KOR) bt Carole Grundisch (FRA) 7,4,-5,-10,8,2
Lee Eun Hee (KOR) bt Kim Min Hee (KOR) -7,-7,4,8,-9,9,8
Lee Eun Hee (KOR) bt Kim Jung Hyun (KOR) 4,-4,-6,-8,7,9,8