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Chen Xinhua Rules in Foshan

Wednesday 16 September

Chen Xinhua Rules in Foshan

Chen Xinhua won the 555 World Cup staged in Foshan, China from Thursday 22nd  to Sunday 25th August 1985 beating Poland's Andrzej Grubba in the final.

The two finalists had met in the same group in the first stage of the tournament with China's Chen Xinhua prevailing; both beat Japan's Kiyoshi Saito and Nigeria's Atanda Musa so both qualified for the quarter-finals.

It was in this stage of the competition that Chen Xinhua experienced his toughest contest. He beat Sweden's Jan-Ove Waldner by the narrowest of margins in the decisive fifth game to book a semi-final encounter against his compatriot, Chen Longcan, a match he won in three straight games.

Meanwhile, in the quarters Andrzej Grubba overcame Eric Boggan of the United States in four games to secure a penultimate round encounter against the man who in April 1985 had won the men's singles title at the World Championships in Gothenburg, China's Jiang Jialiang.

Grubba won the contest in four games and thus progressed to the final where the player, who pioneered the technique of backspin defence combined with a devastating forehand topspin, ended hopes of a Polish title. Chen Xinhua won 21-16, 21-15, 21-11.

 

Final Positions:

1. Chen Xinhua (CHN) 2. Andrzej Grubba (POL) 3. Jiang Jialiang (CHN) 4. Chen Longcan (CHN) 5. Lo Chuen Tsung (HKG) 6. Kim Kitaek (KOR) 7. Eric Boggan (USA) 9. Kiyoshi Saito (JPN) 10. Yoshito Miyazaki (JPN) 11. Gideon Joe Ng (CAN) 12. Tommy Danielsson (SWE) 13.Atanda Musa (NGR) 14. Leszek Kucharski (POL) 15. Kim Wan (KOR 16. Ulf Bengtsson (SWE)

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