ITTF World Tour Japan Open
Sunday 19th June
Lui Shiwen Wins in Tokyo
Runner up in Kuwait earlier in the year in March when beaten by colleague, Li Xiaoxia, the same fate the following week in Qatar when losing to second compatriot in the guise of Liu Shiwen; in Tokyo on Sunday 19th June, it was the same fate for Ding Ning, the reigning World champion.
Once again, Liu Shiwen proved to be her nemesis.
Occupying the top seeded position in the competition, Liu Shiwen accounted for Ding Ning, the no.2 seed, in six games (17-19, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7)
It was for Liu Shiwen her 26th appearance in an ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles final, her 14th success; for Ding Ning in her 23rd such contest it was her 13th defeat.
Notably it was the 148th time the China has provided the Women’s Singles winner on the ITTF World Tour, the 110th time the final has been an all Chinese contest.
Fan Zhendong Adds Name to Japan Roll of Honour
The winner the previous year when the tournament was staged in Kobe; at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Laox Japan Open on Tokyo, Xu Xin had to settle for one step lower on the podium.
Occupying the no.3 seeded position, in the final of the Men’s Singles event on the afternoon of Sunday 19th June, he was beaten in five games by colleague Fan Zhendong, the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8).
“Today I played very well, no matter what difficulties I encountered I had the ability to overcome them, which is why I became champion I am very satisfied”, said Fan Zhendong. “It is a dream to play in the Olympic Games; unfortunately I didn't get selected for Rio but my text goal is Tokyo 2020 in this venue.”
It was the ninth time that Fan Zhendong had appeared in an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles final, the seventh time he had won; for Xu Xin in his 19th such final, it was is eighth defeat
Furthermore, it was the 136th time that an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles title has been won by a player from the People’s Republic of China; additionally it was the 89th time the event has witnessed an all-Chinese final.
Ma Long and Xu Xin Secure Men’s Doubles Title
Crowned World champions in Rotterdam in 2011, the Chinese partnership of Ma Long and Xu Xin added to their list of title on the evening of Sunday 19th June by securing the Men’s Doubles title at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Tokyo.
The no.4 seeds, they beat Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan and Huang Sheng-Sheng to arrest the title (11-4, 11-7, 11-4).
"It is always good playing with Xu Xin, he is a fantastic doubles player", said Ma Long. "This victory gives us confidence ahead of the Olympic Games team event.”
For Ma Long and Xu Xin, it was their sixth appearance in an ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles final and their sixth win.
Overall with various partners, Ma Long has now won nine times in 19 final appearances; Xu Xin with different allies, has 18 wins in 29 finals.
It was the 116th time that a Chinese pairing had won an ITTF World Tour Men’s Doubles title; the 120th time that a Chinese player had been successful in the final.
Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia Win in Japan
A prodigious combination, the partnership of the reigning World champion lining up alongside the winner of the gold medal at the most recent Olympic Games; in the final of the Women’s Doubles event at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Tokyo, on the evening of Sunday 19th June, it proved a winning formula.
Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia, the no.3 seeds, accounted for colleagues, Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling, the no.2 seeds, at the final hurdle to secure the precious title.
Impressively, they won in three straight games (11-7, 11-7, 11-9).
Notably with various partners it was the 17th time that Ding Ning has won an ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles title in 26 final appearances; for Li Xiaoxia it was the 21st time in 37 title deciding contests.
Also, it was the 122nd time that a Chinese pairing had won an ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles final; the 56th time it had been an all-Chinese affair.