Chinese duo Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen nab title at World Tour Grand Finals
Chinese duo Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen defeated Japanese Mizutani Jun and Mima Ito 3-2 at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Zhengzhou, central China on Saturday, taking home their first title win at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals as a duo.
The Chinese paddlers had a good start in the first set 4-1 but soon saw their opponent reduce the deficit to win by 11-9. In the second set, the Japanese side kept up with a good rhythm while the Chinese side made many mistakes. Jun and Ito won that set with a 6-11 win.
The Chinese paddlers led the third set 8-0 and took the third game 11-3. The fourth set saw the Chinese duo bounce back, taking the fourth set with a score of 2-2.
The Japanese team opened the final set with a small lead 2-0 but saw the Chinese side catch up with the score. Xu launched the offensive with a strong forehand, eventually helping to clinch the win and secure team China's first championship win at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals.