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  • 26May

    Top seeds, Singapore’s Gao Ning and Wang Yue Gu showed their class
    to win the respective Men’s and Women’s Singles titles at the 18th
    Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Glasgow on Monday 25th May
    2009.

    In front of an appreciative Scottish crowd, the Men’s
    Singles event saw Gao Ning, the defending champion, clinch gold against
    India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta; whilst Wang Yue Gu succeeded in the
    counterpart Women’s Singles competition. She beat national team
    compatriot, Yu Meng Yu, to clinch the top prize.
    It was for Gao Ning a successful retention of the title he had won
    two years earlier in the Indian city of Jaipur, whilst for Wang Yue Gu
    it was one step higher; in 2007 she had lost in the final to Sun Bei
    Bei.

    Two years later it was a different story.

    Attacking Quickly
    Wang Yue Gu attacking quickly from the backhand in trademark style.

    She
    won the first game in confident style, staying close to the table and
    forcing errors from Yu Meng Yu, as the eventual silver medallist tried
    to penetrate the blocking skills of the champion elect with aggressive
    attacking play.

    Opportunity Missed
    However,
    in the second game, the topspin play of Yu Meng Yu started to reap
    dividends as her strong strokes from both wings left both Wang Yue Gu
    and the crowd gasping for breath.

    She established a 10-5 lead
    and appeared to be on the path to establishing parity; from that point
    onwards, Wang Yue Gu was Miss Efficiency, she never put a foot wrong;
    whatever Yu Meng Yu offered, Wang Yue Gu provided a repost.

    The
    no.1 seed won seven points in a row and was two games to the good. It
    was a body blow for the no.3 seed, who earlier in the day had ended the
    reign of second seed, Sun Bei Bei.

    Victory
    Yu
    Meng Yu recovered to win the third game but at the vital points went
    the way of Wang Yue Gu, the top seed prevailed, the disappointment of
    Jaipur was the joy of Glasgow.

    Success for Singapore and soon
    after there was more success for Singapore to make the total haul of
    gold medal six, the Men’s Doubles being the errant prize.

    Consistency Prevails
    Gao Ning proved too consistent, too safe for the explosive Sharath Kamal Achanta

    The
    Indian star blazed a trail of destruction in the first and fourth games
    as a consistent top spin stroke from the backhand was followed by a
    forehand which was released with awesome power.
    In particular, the
    power was very much in evidence as he raced into a 7-0 lead in the
    fourth game, eventually levelling matters but in the ensuing game it
    was the reverse scenario.

    Gao Ning won the first six points, the tide had turned; gradually consistency overcame power.

    Previous Gold
    Sharath
    Kamal Achanta, who had won gold in the Men’s Singles event at the
    Commonwealth Championships in Kuala Lumpur in 2004 and two years later
    the Men’s Singles crown in the table tennis events at the Commonwealth
    Games in Melbourne, had to settle for silver.

    Once again the top
    prize was in the hands of Gao Ning, for Singapore, seven days of
    competition had come to a successful conclusion.

    Men’s Singles: Final
    Gao Ning (SIN) bt Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND) 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6

    Women’s Singles: Final
    Wang Yue Gu (SIN) bt Yu Meng Yu (SIN) 11-8, 12-10, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 9:31 am

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