Five events on the penultimate day of action, Thursday 2nd September, at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, all five titles went to China, the concluding contest the most hard fought and dramatic of all.
Feng Panfeng and Zhai Xiang beat Thomas Brüchle and Thomas Schmidberger 2-1 to claim men’s team class 3 gold.
Feng Panfeng and Zhai Xiang winners in dramatic fashion
Zhai Xiang emerged the star. In the vital third match of the fixture, he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Thomas Schmidberger (7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4) to secure gold.
A tense contest to end, it was the very same in the engagement which commenced the final.
Thomas Brüchle and Thomas Schmidberger recorded a five games win (11-8, 15-13, 4-11, 7-11, 11-9) to give Germany the lead. Next on the schedule, Feng Panfeng accounted for Thomas Brüchle (11-13, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9) to set the scene for Zhai Xiang to be the hero.
Earlier at the start of the day, Cao Ningning and Guo Xingxuan had combined to win men’s team class 4-5; immediately following in the women’s events, Huang Wenjuan and Mao Jingdian prevailed in class 6-8. Li Qian and Xue Juan emerged successful in class 1-3.
A break, following the return to action. Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai had secured the men’s team class 8 title.
A 2-0 success was the victory margin for Cao Ningning and Guo Xingxuan against the Korea Republic’s Kim Junggil and Kim Younggun.
Cao Ningning and Guo Xingxuan secured the opening game (11-5, 13-11, 13-11), before in a full distance contest Cao Ningning accounted for KimJunggil in five games (11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4).
Finalists in women’s singles class 8 four days earlier, when Mao Jingdian had beaten Huang Wenjuan (11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9), together in women’s team class 6-8, they proved irrepressible
Facing the Netherlands combination of Kelly van Zon and Frederique van Hoof, Mao Jingdian and Huang Wenjuan imposed their authority from the very start.
They secured the doubles in straight games (11-2, 11-7, 11-6), before Mao Jingdian concluded matters in a similar manner when facing Frederique van Hoof (11-3, 11-2, 11-4).
Immediately ensuing Li Qian and Xue Juan claimed the women’s team 4-5 title accounting for Korea Republic’s Lee Migyu and Yoon Jiyu in the final.
A 2-0 result was the outcome, a contest far closer than the victory margin may suggest; in the doubles, Li Qian and Xue Juan prevailed by very minimal margin (6-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9).
Success by the narrowest of decisions, it was the same in the contest which concluded matters Xue Juan recovered from a two games to one deficit, eventually squealing her way to success (15-13, 2-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-7).
Meanwhile, Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai recorded a 2-0 win against Ukraine’s Viktor Didukh and Maksym Nikolenko, gold medallists in Rio de Janeiro.
Peng Weinan and Zhao Shuai secured the doubles in comprehensive fashion, the fact that Peng Weinan is left handed and Zhao Shuai right handed was a major asset; they were able to use their favoured forehand top spin strokes to seize the advantage.
The more mobile pair, a straight games success was the outcome (11-7, 11-8, 11-8).
Editor: Ian Marshall