ITTF- Hungarian Open Day 5

Hungarian Open, ITTF World Tour Friday 21st January Report

The Women’s Doubles Final was a great contest between the Chinese pair of Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen and the other Chinese pair, Fan Ying and Wu Yang. This all Chinese affair was set to be a great battle. The match started off slow with the Ding & Liu pair taking a commanding first set 11-4. The second set was more of a contest at 8-11 to Fan & Wu. At 1 a-piece we expected the following sets to be hard fought but unfortunately the match was controlled by the Ding & Liu duo. They closed the match up 11-6,11-5 and 11-6 to win the Hungarian Open Doubles title 4-1.

The women’s Singles final was tighter with one of the doubles finalist taking part, Liu Shiwen Vs another Chinese player, Guo Yan. The match was a 6 set thriller with each player trading games. The first set was won by Guo 11-8 followed by a 2-11 set win from Liu. They traded advantage again with Guo taking the 3rd set 11-7. At 2-1 up she felt the pressure and let the game slip away from her. Liu took advantage and won the remaining 3 sets 5-11, 6-11 and 6-11 to take home the Singles and Doubles competition!

In the Men’s Doubles Final, Xu Xin and Xhang Jike were set to play Chen Qi and Ma Lin. Ticket holders and TV viewers were set for a classic with 4 of the top 10 players in the world all at the table together. Unfortunately for the neutrals, Chen Qi and Ma Lin ran away with the match 4-0 with the only resistance from the other side of the table coming in the 3rd set, but still had nothing to show from it. The set scores were 4-11, 4-11,9-11 and 6-11.

There were 2 familiar faces in the Men’s Single Finals, Ma Long and Joo Se Hyuk. Ma Long had to work hard to get his place in the finals with one seven set game to his name already in this competition. This was to be no exception and Joo put up a big fight. He took the first and third set 7-11 and 4-11 respectively. At 2-1 up the bookies favourite looked to be in a spot of bother but Ma Long fought back to bring the game back to 3 a piece. The final set was no walk over with it eventually being won by Ma Long 11-8. The number one seed had continuedhis 2011 form and won 2012’s first competition. It was an important win after being withdraw from the doubles competition. The final score in the finals was 7-11, 11-4,4-11,11-4,7-11,11-7,11-8.

We can now begin to look forward to the Slovenian Open next month!
Marcus ADPP