Apolonia And Monteiro's Dramatic Win In The World Tour Grand Finals! (Videos)

Apolonia and Monteiro's dramatic win in the World Tour Grand Finals! (VIDEOS)
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Tiago Apolonia and Joao Monteiro made the home crowd jump from its seats at the GAS GROUP ITTF 2015 World Tour Grand Final. The Portuguese pairing emerged successfully over Chinese-Taipei's Chiang Hung-Chieh and Huang Sheng-Sheng in a thrilling match and reached the finals. Apolonia and Monteiro will meet Japan's Yuya Oshima and Masataka Morizono. 

The home crowd went crazy at the 2015 World Tour Grand Finals. Tiago Apolonia and Joao Monteiro made their compatriots suffer in the men's doubles semifinals but the crowd gave themselves up to the players in the end. Apolonia and Monteiro defeated Chinese-Taipei's Chiang Hung-Chieh and Huang Sheng-Sheng after saving two match points and progressed to the final. 

The Portuguese player sealed its victory by 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7, 5-11 and 16-14. 

Apolonia and Monteiro will face Japan's Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima. The Japanese pair stood victorious over South Korea's Jung Youngsik and Kim Minseok by 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 and 11-7. 

In the women's doubles the final will be a duel between Japan and China. Mima Ito and Miu Hirano, defending champions, overcame Hong Kong's Tie Yana and Jiang Huajun by 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7 and 11-6. They will face Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling in the final. The Chinese pairing reached the final after beating South Korea's Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun by 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 10-12 and 11-8.  

Tiago Apolonia/Joao Monteiro vs Chiang Hung-Cheng/Huang Sheng-Sheng Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

Yuya Oshima/Masataka Morizino vs Jung Youngsik/Kim Minseok Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel


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