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Hosts China collect dual trophies at table tennis Tournament of Champions

2009-12-21 17:33 BJT

CHANGSHA, Central China, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Both men's and women's titles of the 2009 table tennis Tournament of Champions went to the hosts Chinese after youngster Ma Long beat established German star Timo Boll in a five-set match and Guo Yan overcame teen teammate Liu Shiwen 4-2 in the women's final here on Sunday.

China's Ma Long reacts during the awarding cermeony for men's single at 2009 Tournament of Champions of Table Tennis in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, Dec. 20, 2009. Ma Long beat Germany's Timo Boll 4-1 in the final and claimed the title. (Xinhua/Li Ga)
China's Ma Long reacts during the awarding 
cermeony for men's single at 2009 Tournament of 
Champions of Table Tennis in Changsha, capital 
of central China's Hunan Province, Dec. 20, 2009.
 Ma Long beat Germany's Timo Boll 4-1 in the 
final and claimed the title. (Xinhua/Li Ga)

Fourth-seeded Ma Long, who won over Olympic champion Ma Lin 4-2 to make the China vs Germany final clash, gave Boll no chance to fight back and lift the trophy with a 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 victory.

The most exciting encounters came earlier in the semifinals, however, as Ma Long was throughout the match focused against a less showing-up Ma Lin, who made some magnificent strokes but also committed a number of unforced errors in the 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2 match.

Ma Long could have won already in the fifth game, but thanks to a time-out and a netball Ma Lin was at least able to win a second game. It has been Ma Long's ninth win in the twelfth match against Ma Lin at international table tennis events.

"It's important for me to win the first two games, which cost Ma Lin the confidence," said Ma Long at a post-match press conference. "I did much better than Ma Lin in the long rallies."

"I lost the match, but it was close," commented the much elder Ma Lin. "I had my chances to win the first two games, but I didn't control them. I played on a normal level, not so high, not so low."