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  • 29Sep

    China’s Wang Hao beat Germany’s Timo Boll to clinch gold at the
    Liebherr Men’s World Cup in Liège on Sunday 18th September 2008, thus
    reversing the verdict of three years earlier and retaining the title he
    had won one year ago in Barcelona.

    Wang Hao won 11-8, 11-3, 14-16, 11-7, 11-9.

    In
    2005, on the one previous occasion that the tournament had been staged
    in the Country Hall Ethias in Liège, the two had met in the final with
    Timo Boll being the winner on that occasion.
    It was the ninth time that the two had met in world ranking events,
    it was the sixth time that Wang Hao had won; meanwhile, in the Liebherr
    Men’s World Cup it was their third meeting.

    Timo Boll had famously won in 2005 but one year ago in the semi-finals, Wang Hao had prevailed in Barcelona.

    Attacked Backhand
    Wang
    Hao captured the first game, as he has done in the past he directed his
    opening attacks into the body of the German thus minimising the
    opportunities for Timo Boll to unleash his fast forehand topspin; the
    stroke which had earlier in the day caused the downfall of Ma Long.

    The
    first game under his belt Wang Hao played with confidence in the second
    game; he continued the policy of attacking the Timo Boll backhand to
    dominate proceedings.

    A two games lead was established.

    Third Game
    The
    third game was a closer affair with the two players level at 5-all;
    Wang Hao established a two points lead but at 9-all it was parity and
    at 10-9 it was game point to Timo Boll.

    Wang Hao saved the
    game point and saved two more whilst also having two game points
    himself; however, on Timo Boll’s fourth game point in all it was
    success for Germany.

    The match deficit was reduced to one game.

    Stung
    The reverse stung Wang Hao into fast action; he won the first three points of
    the fourth game.

    Timo
    Boll reduced the arrears to 7-8 but won no more points as Wang Hao
    played error free to move into a three games to one lead.

    Fifth Game
    Against
    Ma Long earlier in the day Timo Boll had recovered from a three games
    to one deficit; the question was could he do it again?

    The
    German gave his best but Wang Hao scented gold, he was not to be
    denied; attacking over the table he was lethal; Timo Boll directed his
    forehand topspin towards the body of Wang Hao whenever possible.

    Fast
    counter topspin rallies, desperate lobbed defence by Timo Boll but
    above all consistent attacking play by Wang Hao was the order of the
    day.

    Championship Point
    At
    10-8 he had match point, championship point; he rushed with his
    favoured backhand topspin over the table, Timo Boll saved the point but
    he could not do it again.

    Wang Hao won the next point playing deftly near the net.

    The
    Chinese star jumped for joy, as twelve months earlier in Barcelona he
    was the victor; the World No.1 was the World Cup winner; it was gold
    for Wang Hao.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 10:32 pm

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