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MARVELLOUS 12

MARVELLOUS 12

 

Shenzhen, China

 

Thursday 28th February – Sunday 3rd March

 

Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng book Budapest places

Top spots in the 2019 Marvellous 12 secured, play concluding in Shenzhen on Sunday 3rd March, Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng are thus selected to represent China in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events at the forthcoming Liebherr 2019 World Championships.

Closed training sessions now follow; the coaches meeting to decide all further selections.

Moreover, both Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng were safe and secure at the head of the order before the final series of matches commenced.

In the men’s event, after beating Wang Chuqin (11-7, 11-5, 11-9), Liang Jingkun, Fan Zhendong’s nearest rival, lost to Xue Fei (9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6). Conversely, Fan Zhendong accounted for Xu Xin (11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6) and Fang Bo 11-5, 16-14, 6-11, 11-8). Thus the die was cast.

Fan Zhendong duly completed the tournament unbeaten by overcoming Yan An (11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6); for Liang Jingkun life was somewhat different. Having started the day with just one defeat against his name; that being against Fan Zhendong on the third day of action (11-4, 11-9, 11-7), he concluded matters with a further defeat at the hands of Xu Chenhao (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 3-11, 12-10).

Second place the end result for Liang Jingkun; considering his recent form, having won the men’s singles title at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Portugal Open, it was no surprise. However, the name of the player who finished in third position did raise the eyebrows. Xue Fei, 20 years old, the 2017 World Junior champion, secured the third step of the podium. Most significantly in his concluding engagement, he accounted for Xu Xin (11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 10-12, 11-7).

Meanwhile, in the women’s event, wins for Chen Meng against Zhu Yuling (11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7) and Gu Yuting (11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8) secured first place. Ding Ning her nearest rival, lost to Wang Yidi (11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-9) in her opening match of the day, before recovering to beat Zhu Yuling (13-11, 11-6, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7).

Ding Ning concluded her itinerary by overcoming Gu Yuting (11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8); Chen Meng overcame Wu Yang (12-10, 11-8, 11-3). 

Notably Sun Yingsha, who had beaten Ding Ning on the second day of play (11-8, 11-8, 12-1), finished in third place; on the concluding day of action, she accounted for Gu Yuting (13-11, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10), Wu Yang (11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 13-11) and Sun Mingyang (5-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9).

 

Final Standings: Men

  1. Fan Zhendong           11-0  22pts
  2. Liang Jingkun           8-3    19pts
  3. Xue Fei 6-5    17pts
  4. Yu Ziyang 5-5    16pts
  5. Fang Bo 5-6    16pts
  6. Xu Xin           5-6    16pts
  7. Zhou Kai 5-6    16pts
  8. Yan An           5-6    16pts
  9. Lin Gaoyuan           5-6    16pts
  10. Xu Chenhao           4-7    15pts
  11. Wang Chuqin           4-7    15pts
  12. Zhao Zihao           3-5    14pts

 

Final Standings: Women

  1. Chen Meng 10-1            21pts
  2. Wang Manyu 8-3    19pts
  3. Ding Ning           8-3    19pts
  4. Wang Manyu 7-7    18pts
  5. Liu Shiwen 6-5    17pts
  6. Zhu Yuling 6-5    17pts
  7. Wang Yidi 6-5    17pts
  8. Chen Xingtong 5-6    16pts
  9. Wu Yang                 4-7    15pts
  10. Sun Mingyang 4-7    15pts
  11. He Zhuojia           1-10            12pts
  12. Gu Yuting 1-10            12pts

One point is awarded for a match completed, one further point for a win