China complete clean sweep of titles

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 16:50 hrs

China on Sunday completed a sweep of all titles on offer at the Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championships, here .

Earlier this week, they had won both the boys' and girls' team titles.

The confirmation of a clean sweep came about when the only non-Chinese Petrissa Solja lost her semifinal match to Chinese top seed Zhu Yuling in the morning.

And by the evening, Zhu rolled over Gu Yuting 4-0 for the girls crown.

The speed with which she disposed of her opponent tells only half of the story. The other half is all about superior technique, appetite to add another feather to her crown and prove her top billing right.

With equal felicity, she won several winners both off her back and forehands and was never in any sort of trouble after going 2-0 up. That summed up her resoluteness this evening.

Soon after Fan Zhendong overcame a two-game deficit to beat Lin Gaoyuan 4-2 (10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4) to claim the boys singles title.

Fan took his time to size up his left-handed opponent and it cost him the first two games.

Once Fan had things in his grip, it became easy as he went on to take the next four without much ado. Lin made a few service errors along the way and in the ultimate analysis proved dear.

Second-seeded pair of Fan Zhendong and Liu Gaoyang made a surprising recovery to beat the top-seeded compatriots Lin Gaoyuan and Gu Ruochen 4-3 (11-6, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8) to take gold in the boys doubles.

Gu Yuting and Zhu Yuling downed Gu Ruochen and Liu Gaoyang 4-3 for girls double gold and the mixed doubles gold went to Fan Zhendong and Liu Gaoyang who beat the Lin Gaoyuan and Gu Ruochen combine 4-3.

Earlier, things became crystal clear which side of the balance is becoming heavier. No doubt, Germany's Petrissa Solja, who excelled throughout, could not match the Chinese top seed Zhu Yuling as the latter won in straight sets.

In the other semifinals, Gu Yuting defeated Gu Ruochen in the all-Chinese semifinal 4-1. In a way, the semifinals ended along expected line with the top two seeds entering the final.

A pre-determined Petrissa was straightaway into attack and went 6-3 up with her top spin play off back and forehands doing the tricks.

However, Zhu getting into her grove to level 6-6 but at 10-8 Petrissa held the advantage but her opponent saved two game points.

At 11-10 Zhu took lead for the first time and a fortunate edge saw her taking the first game.

The German tried all the tricks in her bag but with her nerves settled, the Chinese had the measure of her rival. Petrissa's receiving was poor in the second yet she ran the Chinese close.

She was, however, unable to worker her angles as well and Zhu's consistency saw her through. Though the pattern continued in the two games, the Chinese always had the upper hand to finish off the job.

Second-seeded Gu Yuting had a nervous start but overcame the early hiccups to go 1-0 up against Ruochen. Lacking in experience somewhat, Ruochen was struggling against Yuting's controlled aggression.

Yet, Ruochen's consistency level was good and that is what won her the third game. But that's all she could do as Yuting's percentage speed game kept improving and it had no answer from Ruochen.


Junior Boys: Final: Fan Zhendong (Chn) bt Lin Gaoyuan (Chn) 10-12,
7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4; Semifinals: Fan Zhendong (Chn) bt Fan
Shengpeng (Chn) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 4-11, 11-4, Lin Gaoyuan (Chn) bt Xu
Chenhao (Chn) 11-4, 14-12, 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 5-11, 11-6.

Doubles: Final: Lin Gaoyuan/Xu Chenhao (Chn) bt Fan Shengpeng/Fan
Zhendong (Chn) 11-8, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6; Semifinals: Fan Shengpeng/Fan
Zhendong (Chn) bt Hung Tzu-Hsiang/Lee Chia-Sheng (Tpe) 11-7, 13-11,
13-11, 11-8, Lin Gaoyuan/Xu Chenhao bt Yuto Muramatsu/Asuka Sakai
(Jpn) 11-7, 15-13, 11-13, 11-2, 9-11, 11-5.

Junior Girls: Final: Zhu Yuling (Chn) bt Gu Yuting (Chn) 11-6, 11-5,
11-9, 11-8; Semifinals: Zhu Yuling (Chn) bt Petrissa Solja (Ger)
12-10, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, Gu Yuting (Chn) bt Gu Ruochen 11-9, 11-8,
9-11, 11-9, 11-5.

Doubles: Final: Gu Yuting/Zhu Yuling (Chn) bt Gu Ruochen/Liu Gaoyang (Chn) 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-4; Semifinals: Gu
Yuting/Zhu Yuling (Chn) bt Miyu Maeda/Ayuka Tanioka (Jpn) 11-7, 12-10, 11-4, 11-3, Gu Ruochen/Liu Gaoyang bt Irina Ciobanu/Bernadett (Rou) 11-7, 2-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-2.

Mixed Doubles: Final: : Fan Zhendong/Liu Gaoyang (Chn) bt Lin Gaoyuan/Gu Ruochen (Chn) 4-11, 4-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9;
Semifinals: Lin Gaoyuan/Gu Ruochen (Chn) bt Xu Chenhao/Zhu Yuling (Chn) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8, Fan Zhendong/Li Gaoyang (Chn) bt
Frederick Jost/Petrissa Solja (Ger) 6-11, 13-10, 5-111, 11-1, 8-11, 11-3, 12-6.

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