China Is The 2013 World Women's Team Cup Champion (Photos)

China is the 2013 World Women's Team Cup Champion (Photos)
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Li Xiaoxia, Wu Yang and Ding Ning did not give in to the hopes of the Japanese women in the finals of the 2013 World Women's Team Cup. Successively, Ai Fukuhara, Kasumi Ishikawa and Sayaka Hirano were not able to receive much opportunities in the round and therefore had to settle as the runner-up despite their hard work in previous rounds. Once again, China reigned supreme as they successfully defended the championship title.  


ITTF. The Women's Team event has came to its conclusion today, Easter Sunday in Guangzhou for the 2013 World Team Classic with China and Japan in the finals. After a wonderful performance against South Korea and Singapore, can Japan maintain their momentum? 

The reigning Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia was the first into the arena for the Chinese Team and she faced the Japanese porcelain doll Ai Fukuhara. After a poor performance in the quarterfinals against South Korea, losing two points from Seok Ha Jung and Yang Ha Eun, Fukuhara redeemed herself with an impressive victory against Feng Tianwei of Singapore yesterday. 

However, today, she was not match to the Chinese Li Xiaoxia as the Olympic champion did not allow to give away precious opportunities. It was a one sided win for Li Xiaoxia with 11-6, 11-6, 11-3. 

The chopper Wu Yang was the second player in the arena and faced the top-ranking Japanese Kasumi Ishikawa. For the first two sets, Wu Yang was in control and got a 2-0 advantage. Ishikawa's rhythm worked for her in the third set, giving her a glimmer of hope in the match. However, due to some errors, Ishikawa did not make it to the finish line as Wu Yang scored 11-5, 11-6, 11-9

The reigning world champion Ding Ning took part in the Doubles match with the Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia as they faced the partnership of Sayaka Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa. With such high-calibre players, the Chinese pair swept their way through and nailed 11-7, 11-4, 11-7

With 3-0, China defeated Japan and has successfully defended the championship title as the 2013 World Women's Team Cup champion. 

Created with flickr slideshow.
2013 World Women's Team Cup Finals

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