2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Wednesday 18th September
Imposing, China secures men’s team title
China won the men’s team title at the 2019 Asian Championships in Yogyakarta on the evening of Wednesday 18th September; thus following the example set by their female counterparts the previous day.
A place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was secured.
In the title deciding contest, occupying the top seeded position, they overcame Korea Republic, the no.2 seeds, to claim the title; just as in the women’s competition every fixture was resolved by the 3-0 score line.
At the final hurdle, Xu Xin gave China the ideal start, he beat Jang Woojin (11-3, 11-7, 11-9), before Fan Zhendong accounted for JeoungYoungsik (11-8, 11-9, 11-7) and Liang Jingkunclosed the curtain by overcoming Lee Sangsu (11-8, 11-7, 11-5).
Earlier at the semi-final stage, China had beaten the no.4 seeds Japan; Xu Xin making a now trademark hesitant start before eventually overcoming Tomokazu Harimoto in four games (5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10).
Success for Xu Xin was followed by the same for Fan Zhendong against Maharu Yoshimura (13-11, 11-8, 11-6) and for Liang Jingkun in opposition to Kazuhiro Yoshimura (11-6, 14-12, 11-1).
“The first match was very important. TomokazuHarimoto is their number one player and he had never beaten Xu Xin before. So we are confident in this match. Today Xu Xin entered into the match rhythm a bit slower, especially in the first game but he is experienced in international events, so he still controlled the match. The first point was crucial to Team China. In the second match, Fan performed not as well as we expected, especially in controlling the match rhythm. He was just stronger than Yoshimura Maharu. In the third match, I could feel the nerves and stress from Liang Jingkun; this was his first time playing in such an important match. He performed really well today. Qin Zhijian
A 3-0 win for China, it was the same for Korea Republic but harder earned against the no.3 seeds, the Chinese Taipei trio of Liao Cheng-Ting, Chen Chien-An and Wang Tai-Wei. In a closely fought five games contest decided by the very narrowest of margins, Jeoung Youngsik beat Liao Chen-Ting (7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10), Jang Woojinovercame Chen Chien-An (11-9, 11-9, 11-9), Lee Sangsu accounted for Wang Tai-Wei (11-6, 12-10, 11-9).
Success for China, no less than the 22nd time they have won the event since organised under the auspices of the Asian Table Tennis Union in 1972; in fact they have only surrendered the tournament twice; in the inaugural year when Japan won and in 1996 when the Korea Republic succeeded. Ever since 1996, now 11 in a row China has always won.
Meanwhile, in addition to the men’s team event, the mixed doubles advanced to the semi-final stage, the top four pairs all emerging successful. In the penultimate round Xu Xin and Liu Shiwenmeet Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee, Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem oppose Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha.
The matches will be played on Thursday 19th September.