Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open
Sunday 16th June
Full house for Xu Xin
China’s Xu Xin won men’s singles title on Sunday 16th June at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Lion Japan Open in Sapporo.
Thus he claimed a full house of titles and secured a clean sweep for China.
After accounting for colleague Fan Zhendong, the top seed (5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3), Xu Xin beat Chinese Taipei’s 17 year old Lin Yun-Ju, the no.16 seed (11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8) to secure the title. In the counterpart semi-final Lin Yun-Ju had accounted for China’s Sun Wen (6-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4).
Notably, it was for Xu Xin his 15th ITTF World Tour men’s singles title in 26 final appearances; for Lin Yun-Ju it was his first ever such appearance in such a semi-final.
The success recorded by Xu Xin followed similar success for colleague Sun Yingsha. Required to qualify, she overcame Liu Shiwen, the no.4 seed (11-4, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-3), after having recorded a semi-final win in opposition to Chen Meng (5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 14-12, 11-6). The win for Sun Yingsha meant she secured the second ITTF World Tour women’s singles title of her career; the one previous occasion being two years also in Japan. Likewise, on that occasion she had started her quest in the qualification tournament.
Thus she become the only man or women since the ITTF World Tour started in 1996 to have won twice and on both occasion started life in the qualifiers.
A landmark win; one that came after disappointment. Earlier in the day partnering Wang Manyu, the no.5 seeds, the duo had lost to Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen, the no.5 seeds in the women’s doubles final.
Conversely for Xu Xin, he had partnered Fan Zhendong, to men’s doubles gold. The no.6 seeds, earlier in the day they had beaten German qualifiers Benedikt Duda and Qiu Dang (12-10, 11-9, 11-7).
Play concluded in Sapporo, attention now turns to Busan; the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Shinan Korea Open commences on Tuesday 2nd July.
By Ian Marshall, Editor
Photo Credit: ITTF