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2017 ITTF World Junior Championships

Sunday 3rd December

 

Tension packed final, Sun Yingsha win is Riva del Garda

A thrilling final with both players having opportunities to clinch the title, Sun Yingsha, the top seed, emerged successful in the final of the Girls’ Singles event at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda on the evening of Sunday 3rd December.

Sun Yingsha in a contest which in the later stages was of the very highest quality emerged successful by the very minimal two point margin in the deciding game (6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 11-6, 14-12).

Notably in the fifth game, honours being equal, Sun Yingsha established a 7-3 lead, Wang Manyu won the next three points. Sun Yingsha called “Time Out”; the decision was to work in favour of Wang Manyu. Sun Yingsha won just one more point; the momentum had swung in favour of her adversary,

Immediately, Sun Yingsha won the sixth game but when the players changed ends in the seventh she trailed by one point at 5-4; she won the next two points, Wang Manyu called “Time Out”. At 10-9 and 11-10 Sun Yingsha held match point, at 12-11 Wang Manyu had the opportunity seal victory before Sun Yingsha secured the next three points the win the game, match and title.

“We both played our best level today, we know each other very well and actually I wasn’t confident in the seventh game because she’s such a tough opponent to beat. She’s always able to withstand the pressure to come back and this is something that I’m still lacking in; when I was 11-12 down in the decider, I was still determined to fight back and win this title. Ii is my first World Junior Championships and she has won twice already, so I came into the final with the mind-set to challenge her.”

Defeat in the final for Wang Manyu who made her first appearance in the event in 2013 in Rabat before in both Shanghai the following year and in 2015 in La Roche sur Yon winning the title.

2017 ITTF World Junior Championships

Sunday 3rd December

 

Mission completed, full house for Xue Fei, clean sweep for China

Beaten at the quarter-final stage in 2014 in Shanghai by Japan’s Yuto Muramarsu,one year later in the final in La Roche sur Yon by colleague Liu Dingshuo; China’s Xue Fei won the Boys’ Singles title at the 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships in Riva del Garda, Italy, on the evening of Sunday 3rd December.

The top seed, at the final hurdle he beat Swedish qualifier, Truls Moregard in five games (11-9, 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8).

Willed forward by the crowd, his uninhibited style of play had endeared him to the locals in the resort located at the foot of the southern Alpine region, he threatened but the first two games, both won by Xue Fei rather set the tone for the contest.

In the third game, the Swede was fighting himself more than his opponent before in the fourth as Xue Fei saw the finishing line; he was hesitant and made mistakes. Truls Moregard seized the opportunity but in the fifth game, Xu Fei remained firm. At 10-7 he held match point, the first was saved not the second; the mission was accomplished.

“I’m very happy to claim this title; I lost the final in 2015, so this is a form of affirmation. Especially also because we lost the title last year, so I was also determined to win the title back for the team. I came here to win, so there was pressure for me to claim the title. Also Wang Chuqin and I are the leading players of the team but we were drawn into the same half of the draw and I had to face a foreign player in the final so there’s added pressure not to lose the title against a non-Chinese.” Xue Fei

The win for Xue Fei meant that China completed a clean sweep of title; also it meant a full house for Xue Fei. Earlier he had won gold in the Boys’ Team, Boys’ Doubles and Mixed Doubles events

Thus he became the second only player to achieve the feat; the one other is Fang Bo who won all four in 2009 in Cartagena de Indias.

However, there is a first for Xue Fei, he is the first pen-holder to win the Boys’ Singles title at an ITTF Word Junior Championships.