Table Tennis ... and Chinese players dominated both singles events at the fourth Asian Championships?
Table Tennis ... and Chinese players dominated both singles events at the fourth Asian Championships in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Friday (1 December). Tsao Yen-Hua beat Yang Ying in the all-Chinese Women's final and top-seeded Kuo Yueh Hua beat fellow countryman Liang Le-liang in the Men's event.
SYNOPSIS: Tsao Yen-Hua's victory in the Women's Final came on her sixteenth birthday. Here she serves to Yang Ying to win the first set 21-13.
The young Chinese girl proved her ability in the team event by bating North Korea's World Champion, Pok Yung Suns. In the final she dominated her world-ranked opponent, winning 21-13, 21-19, 21-12.
Both singles finals were played at the same time. The men's match featured players of contrasting styles at opposite ends of their careers. The blue-shirted Kuo Yueh-Hua was top seed. His opponent, defending champion Liang Le-liang, has been a leading world player for the last decade. Liang's subtle stroke-play took the second set from Kuo.
After saving three set points, Liang served into the net to give Kuo the set and Kuo went on to win, 21-8, 17-21, 21-15, 21-19.
The set Kuo dropped to Liang was his only falter in two weeks of Table Tennis. Kuo's first victory in the Asian Championships makes him the unofficial top World player.