Taiwan table tennis star Lin Yun-ju has nabbed his second championship title of the year. At the WTT Champions Frankfurt final, Lin went head-to-head against the greatest in the sport, China’s Ma Long. After losing the first game, Lin made a stunning comeback, winning four back-to-back games to secure the gold. This is Lin’s first-ever title at a Champions competition.
It’s the final at the WTT Champions Frankfurt. World No. 12 Lin Yun-ju from Taiwan faces off against World No. 3 Ma Long from China. The first two sets both ended at 11-7, with one win for Ma and one for Lin. The following games were fiercely contested, each going to deuce.
Lin got some help from a net ball in the third set. Ma rolled onto the ground to return it, but Lin seized the moment with an easy smash that leveled the score 7-7. He rode the momentum to win the set 13-11, moving into a 2-1 lead. He hit his stride in the fourth set, reaching game point first once again.
Lin claimed the fourth set 12-10, putting the pressure on his frustrated rival. In the fifth set, Lin capitalized on Ma’s errors to win again, 12-10. And with that fourth consecutive victory, Lin defeated the mighty Ma 4-1, nabbing his second championship title of the year and first career win at a Champions event. Lin said he could barely believe his own performance, and especially his victory over Ma.
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First of all, I am extremely happy to have won the competition. As for my match against Ma, I approached it as a challenge. He is the greatest player in the world, so I went into it thinking I should not hold back, and fight. It’s unbelievable. I never thought I’d win.
In the women’s singles final, it was China vs. China. On one side was World No. 5 Wang Yidi, fresh off beating her compatriot Sun Yingsha in the semifinals. In the gold medal match, she defeated World No. 3 Wang Manyu in four straight games to win the first Champions title of her career.
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