2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Sunday 22nd September
Xu Xin crowned Asian champion in Yogyakarta
China’s Xu Xin won the men’s singles title at the 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the evening of Sunday 22nd September and thus justified his top seeded status.
The win came after Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seeds, had emerged successful in the women’s doubles event.
In all Chinese finals Xu Xin beat Lin Gaoyuan, the no.3 seed (11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-8), Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling accounted for Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, the top seeds (11-9, 11-4, 11-5).
Earlier Xu Xin had made sure that there would be a clean sweep of titles for China; he beat Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, the no.4 seed, in three straight games (11-4, 11-9, 11-9), a contest which thrilled those present in the Among Rogo Stadium.
Semi-final success for Xu Xin preceded the same for Lin Gaoyuan against colleague Fan Zhendong; Lin Gaoyuan prevailed in straight games (11-7, 11-6, 11-3).
Enthralling contests, it was a day which started with China having the upper hand against Japan in the women’s doubles semi-finals; Chen Meng and Wang Manyu beat Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.3 seeds (6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8); Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling accounted for Hitomi Sato and Saki Shibata, the no.5 seeds (11-6, 11-7, 11-2).
It is the sixth time when China has completed the clean sweep of all available titles but only the second time this century; the previous occasion being a decade ago in 1999 in Lucknow.
Furthermore, Indonesia is a happy hunting group; in 1982 when the tournament was held in Jakarta, they departed with a full house, almost four decades later it was no different.