2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Tuesday 17th September
Imposing performances, China secures women’s team title
China, the top seeds, on the evening of Tuesday 17th September, secured the women’s team title at the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; the trio comprising Chen Meng, Liu Shiwen and Sun Yingsha guiding the top seeds to gold.
Liu Shiwen gave China the ideal start by beating Miu Hirano (13-11, 11-4, 11-3); Chen Meng followed suit, she overcame Kasumi Ishikawa (11-9, 12-10, 11-1), thus avenging the defeat she had experienced two months earlier when they had met at the quarter-final stage on the ITTF World Tour in Australia. China now with the momentum, Sun Yingsha overcame the defensive skills of Hitomi Sato (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3) to end the contest.
Earlier, at the semi-final stage, Li Sun, the Chinese national women’s team head coach selected Chen Meng, Ding Ning and Wang Manyu; thus all members of the squad having tasted the atmosphere of the Among Rogo Stadium. On the opening day of action, Liu Shiwen and Sun Yingsha had lined up alongside Wang Manyu.
An emphatic 3-0 win was the verdict against the no.7 seeds, the Singaporean trio comprising Lin Ye, Feng Tianwei and Goi Rui Xuan; notably 18 year old Goi Rui Xuan being preferred to the more experienced Yu Mengyu. After a somewhat indifferent start, Chen Meng beat Lin Ye (9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7), before Ding Ning accounted for Feng Tianwei; the latter withdrawing at the end of the second game (13-11, 11-6, 11-0).
China now in the driving seat, Wang Manyu concluded matters by beating Goi Rui Xuan (11-4, 11-7, 11-5).
Success in style for China, at the semi-final stage it was the same from the Japan, the no.2 seeds, when facing Chinese Taipei, the no.6 seeds, a team without Cheng I-Ching.
Miu Hirano gave Japan the perfect start by beating Chen Szu-Yu (7-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-5); Kasumi Ishikawa followed suit overcoming Cheng Hsien-Tzu (11-8, 14-12, 11-6), before the defensive abilities of Hitomi Sato proved too safe for Liu Hsing Yin (11-6, 11-6, 11-6).
Gold for China and the 16th time they had won the event since the tournament was first organised under the auspices of the Asian Table Tennis Union in 1972 in Beijing; furthermore, it was seven in a row since winning in 2007 in Yangzhou.