The Chinese team won 4 championships at the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships, young players gradually mature
Market Information Network 2021-12-03 16:23:40 Source: People’s Daily Online Comment:
In the just-concluded 2021 World Table Tennis Championships, the Chinese table tennis team was played by young players and won 4 of the 5 individual championships, demonstrating the strong overall strength of the team and opening a new Olympic cycle for preparations. Good head, achieved the purpose of further training the team.
On November 30th, Beijing time, the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships came to an end in Houston, USA. After 7 days of fierce competition, the Chinese table tennis team led by young players won 4 of the 5 individual championships. Fan Zhendong and Wang Manyu won the men’s singles and women’s singles respectively, and Wang Manyu/Sun Yingsha won the women’s doubles championship. Wang Chuqin/Sun Yingsha won the mixed doubles championship.
During the World Table Tennis Championships, the ITTF held a congress, and Busan, South Korea, was voted the right to host the 2024 World Table Tennis Championships. Previously, the World Table Tennis Championships originally scheduled to be held in Busan in 2020 were forced to cancel due to the epidemic. At the meeting, Liu Guoliang, Chairman of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, was elected as the Executive Vice Chairman of the ITTF.
Fan Zhendong won the men’s singles championship
Due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games for one year, the single World Table Tennis Championships are less than 4 months away from the end of the Olympic Games. During the period, the Chinese table tennis team members also participated in the National Games, Table Tennis Super League and other events, closed training and adjustment The preparation time is shorter. In addition, Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Liu Shiwen were absent from the game, and the Chinese team, which played the main role in the World Table Tennis Championships with young players, was facing a test.
In the high-profile men’s singles arena, 4 of the 5 Chinese team players were divided into the upper half. Fan Zhendong defeated teammates Wang Chuqin, Lin Gaoyuan and Liang Jingkun one after another, and faced the 19-year-old Swedish player Moregarde in the final on the 30th. The latter defeated the German team’s Francesca and Pol and other good players in the second half, which was extremely impactful. In the end, the world‘s number one Fan Zhendong played well in the game, defeating his opponent 4:0 and won the men’s singles championship.
Since entering the World Table Tennis Championships stage in early 2013, after years of hard work, Fan Zhendong finally won the St. Brand Cup, which symbolizes the highest honor in men’s singles, and became the 35th men’s singles champion in the history of the World Table Tennis Championships, the Chinese team. Achieved nine consecutive men’s singles championships. Fan Zhendong said after the game: “The championship is not the end, I hope I can get to the next level.”
Despite losing to Fan Zhendong in the men’s singles semifinals, Liang Jingkun’s performance in this World Table Tennis Championships is still remarkable. After 7 rounds of men’s singles 1/8 finals and quarter finals, he defeated England’s famous Pitchford and Brazil’s Hugo, and once again entered the World Table Tennis Championships men’s singles semi-finals after 2019. In contrast, the Japanese men’s team and the South Korean men’s team performed sluggishly. After the first three rounds, none of the Japanese men’s team led by Zhang Benzhi and the Japanese men’s team advanced, and the only player of the South Korean men’s team who advanced to the top 16 Lin Jong-hoon also lost to Moregard. , Failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Chinese team’s men’s doubles event failed to reach the finals this time. The champion of this event in the previous World Table Tennis Championships was the Chinese team’s Ma Long/Wang Chuqin. In this World Table Tennis Championships, the Swedish team’s Karlsson/Falk defeated the Chinese team Wang Chuqin/Fan Zhendong and Lin Gaoyuan/Liang Jingkun in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, and finally won the championship. This is also the first time for the Swedish team. In 30 years, he won the men’s doubles championship in the World Table Tennis Championships.
Wang Manyu won the women’s singles crown
The Chinese team has a clear advantage in the women’s singles event of the World Table Tennis Championships. The five players are full of momentum and all have reached the quarterfinals. In the quarter-finals, Wang Yidi defeated Mima Ito of the Japanese team, Chen Meng defeated another Japanese player Kasumi Ishikawa, Sun Yingsha defeated the South Korean team’s chipper Xu Xiaoyuan, Wang Manyu defeated teammate Chen Xingtong, and the Chinese women’s team took over. Top four seats.
In the women’s singles final on the 30th, the Ji Geist Cup, which symbolizes the highest honor of women’s singles, ushered in a new champion. Wang Manyu and teammate Sun Yingsha used high-quality offensive and defensive joints to present a wonderful duel to the audience. In the end, Wang Manyu won the championship with 4:2 and also became the 32nd women’s singles champion in the history of the World Table Tennis Championships. After the game, Li Shu, the head coach of the Chinese women’s table tennis team, said that Wang Manyu and Sun Yingsha saw the shadows of Wang Nan and Zhang Yining.
After being selected into the Tokyo Olympic lineup as a P card (substitute) and winning the women’s team gold medal with the team, Wang Manyu’s confidence has greatly increased and he has grown rapidly. In the fiercely competitive National Games two months ago, she defeated Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha to win the women’s singles championship.
Healthy competition within the team is the secret of the Chinese table tennis team’s long-lasting prosperity. Over the years, generations of athletes have continued to struggle without arrogance or impetuosity. Wang Manyu said after the game: “There was no loser in today’s final. Sun Yingsha and I are catching up with each other and making progress together. This is a very good rhythm for our continuous growth.”
The women’s doubles final seems to be a repeat of the previous World Table Tennis Championships. The Chinese team Wang Manyu/Sun Yingsha faced the Japanese team Mima Ito/Hina Hayada. The former defeated the opponent 3:0 and successfully defended the title. Wang Manyu said that he and his teammates were fully prepared for the difficulties that may be encountered in this game before the game, so that they can do well in the game and perform well in accordance with their own tactical arrangements.
Retry the mixed double-span association combination
This is the first time the World Table Tennis Championships have been held in the United States. Before the competition, the Chinese Table Tennis Association and the United States Table Tennis Association submitted applications to the ITTF for inter-association mixed doubles and were approved. The two pairs Lin Gaoyuan (China Team)/Zhang An (U.S. Team) and Kanak (U.S. Team)/Wang Manyu (China Team) temporarily formed teams to compete. Although there are not many opportunities for joint training, they still show a certain degree of competitiveness. .
Lin Gaoyuan/Zhang An broke into the semi-finals of the mixed doubles, and Kanak/Wang Manyu stopped in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles. The Chinese team Wang Chuqin/Sun Yingsha defeated the Japanese team Zhang Benzhi and Hayada Hina in the final to win the mixed doubles championship.
It is not the first time that Chinese players have paired up across associations to participate in mixed doubles in the World Table Tennis Championships. In the 2015 Suzhou World Table Tennis Championships, Chinese team members participated in cross-association combinations with a number of foreign association players. Among them, Xu Xin partnered with South Korean team player Liang Hayin to win the mixed doubles gold medal. At the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships, Chinese team player Fang Bo and German team player Solga won the third place in mixed doubles.
“Through on-field competitions and off-field interactions, sports and cultural exchanges from all over the world are also integrated inside and outside the arena.” Liu Guoliang said that he hopes to use table tennis as a carrier to enhance the friendship between people of different countries and regions.
In this World Table Tennis Championships, the Chinese table tennis team made a good start in preparing for the new Olympic cycle by winning four championships and achieved the goal of further training the team. Qin Zhijian, secretary-general of the Chinese Table Tennis Association and head coach of the Chinese men’s table tennis team, said that in the future, we will continue to hone the young players and improve their ability to withstand pressure.
“People’s Daily” (December 02, 2021 15th edition)
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