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Közzétette: International Table Tennis Federation – 2019. április 27., szombat
Players on court
Ma Long and Mattias Falck have entered the arena for the men’s singles final – get ready for a thrilling battle!
🐲🔥 "The Dragon" Ma Long is aiming for his 3️⃣rd straight World Championships Men's Singles title 🏆🏆🏆Can 🇸🇪Mattias Falck stop him❓ Find out at 13.30 GMT+2 LIVE on tv.ITTF.com 🎥#ITTFWorlds2019 #NotJustPingPong
Közzétette: International Table Tennis Federation – 2019. április 28., vasárnap
Early lead for defending champion: Ma Long 1-0 Mattias Falck
Ma Long strikes first with an 11-5 win in game one. The defending champion is dealing with his opponent’s short pimples well, keeping the ball low and restricting Mattias Falck to just a handful of points.
Ma Long unfazed: Ma Long 2-0 Mattias Falck
Mattias Falck begins to grow into the match, fighting back from 5-2 down to establish a 5-6 lead but Ma Long isn’t fazed winning the second game 11-7. The Dragon holds a two games advantage in this match.
Swede responds: Ma Long 2-1 Mattias Falck
That’s more like it from Mattias Falck! The Swede storms into a convincing 2-9 lead, Ma Long manages to bridge the gap slightly but game three belongs to Falck 7-11. This is the first time Falck has taken a game off Ma in his career!
Mattias Falck calls a time-out, he leads 9-8 in a crucial fourth game.
Narrow margins: Ma Long 3-1 Mattias Falck
The time-out doesn’t produce the desired effect for Mattias Falck as Ma Long picks up three consecutive points to take the game 11-9. How will the Swede respond?
MA LONG IS WORLD CHAMPION!!! (11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5)
He’s done it! Ma Long win the men’s singles title for the third time in a row, Mattias Falck puts up a brave fight but it is the Dragon, the Captain, the Dictator that claims game five 11-5.
The champion speaks
Ma Long takes a moment to thank his fans following his third World Championships success:
“I think this is a special celebration for me and I just want to enjoy this moment for now. I want to thank my Chinese fans and also the foreign fans for their support. I am not only interested in winning this title but I also want to gain respect from you.” Ma Long
Japan vs China
Next up we have another exciting contest on the way as Japanese top seeds Hina Hayata and Mima Ito take on Chinese second seeds Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu for the women’s doubles title.
Top seeds off to solid start: Hayata/Ito 1-0 Sun/Wang
Game one goes to the Japanese pair as Hina Hayata and Mima Ito fight back from a 3-5 deficit to take the opener 11-8.
Positive signs for Japanese pair: Hayata/Ito 2-0 Sun/Wang
The signs are looking very positive for Hina Hayata and Mima Ito as they take game 11-3 to sail into a two games advantage – can Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu pull themselves back into this one?
Bouncing back: Hayata/Ito 2-1 Sun/Wang
The time-out works a treat for Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, who take the next two points to gain three game points. Hina Hayata and Mima Ito save one but they can’t prevent the Chinese pair from winning 11-8.
Back to square one: Hayata/Ito 2-2 Sun/Wang
Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu take game four by a convincing 11-3 margin to level the game scores at 2-2. Is the tide beginning to turn?
Three in a row: Hayata/Ito 2-3 Sun/Wang
Well, well, well. From two games down the Chinese pair of Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu now lead 3-2 following a 12-10 win in game five. Hina Hayata and Mima Ito will feel disappointed with how the latter stages of the game unfolded but they must put game five behind them now and respond.
SUN YINGSHA AND WANG MANYU ARE CHAMPIONS! (8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8)
That’s it! In a tricky situation at 0-2 down on games at one stage in the match but it is Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu who take home the women’s doubles trophy 4-2. Japan’s Hina Hayata and Mima Ito save two championship points against them but the second seeds from China seal game six 11-8 to win gold on their debut.