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    The People's Republic of China completed a double triumph by winning both singles titles at the World Table Tennis championships held in Sarejevo, Yugoslavia on sunday (15 April).

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    The People's Republic of China completed a double triumph by winning both singles titles at the World Table Tennis championships held in Sarejevo, Yugoslavia on sunday (15 April).

    Hu Yu-Lan kept the Women's Singles title safely in Chinese hands when she convincingly beat Czechoslovakia's Alice Grofova .21-17, 21-11, and 21-14.

    Hsi En-Ting upset the fifth seeded Swedish star, Kjell Johansson in an exciting, gruelling and classic hour-long final to win 21-18, 13-21, 13-21, 21-19, 21-18. At one stage during play it seamed that Johansson would succeed compatriot Stellan Bengtsson as holder of the Men's crown.

    The duel between these two greats of the table tennis world was about as evenly matched as it could possibly be. The 26-year-old Swede from Mondahl, nicknamed "The Hammer" because of his tremendous hitting power, carried the more potent smash, but 27-year-old Hsi En-Ting had the greater accuracy and made fewer mistakes.

    Spectacular rallies brought the enthusiastic crowd to their feet as both players went for their shots, refusing to be crowded by the enormity of the prize at stake.

    The opening set established the pattern of things to follow. The Chinese player getting the ital edge in the closing stages and eventually winning with a very lucky net-cord.

    Johansson fought back in the second set and gained a useful 12-7 lead which he never relinquished. Honours were even in the third set. The players were level at 13-13 when Johansson produced some brilliant form and sent over several unanswerable smashes and gained eight successive points to take the set and lead for the first time.

    At this stage the Swede looked ready to storm his way through to victory, but Hsi En-Ting had other ideas - he burst into a 15-10 lead, but the Swede fought his way back into the game to within one point at 16-15. It was then that the Chinese player broke clear again only to have Johansson claw his way back to 191-18. The Chinese player stayed cool under the mounting pressure and managed to force a decider.

    This followed an almost identical pattern with the Chinese leading 10-5 at the change-over and then Johansson levelling the game at 13-13. Once again Hai En-Ting broke clear to 19-15. But tenacious Johansson refused to quit and slowly made up the lost ground until he trailed by only one point at 18-19. The effort was too much for him, however, and he suddenly lost control of his play and conceded the next two points and the title.

    Hsi En-Ling's win was consolation for the Chinese, who lost their Swaythling Cup Men's Team Title to the Swedes last week.

    The Women's final was a tame affair by comparison, full of unforced errors and devoid of any hard fought rallies.

    Fourth seeded Chu Yu-Lan always had the edge over her unseeded opponent, who conceded too many points against the Chinese player's heavy spin services.

    The match was all over in only 25-minutes with the Czechoslovak never looking like breaking Asia's 18-year hold on the title.

    There was one occasion, however, when Miss Grofova looked like making a come-back. It was in the second set when she led 6-3, but then Hu Yu-Lan gathered confidence and took the next eight points and the Czech girls's brief challenge crumbled. Heavy spun serves earned the Chinese player many points. She was also more prepared to go for her shots. The third and final set became processional once the Chinese player had taken the lead.

    China did not fare so well in the Women's Doubles, when the efforts of Chou Pao-Chin and Lin Mei-Chun were dashed by the Rumanian Maria Alexandru and Japan's Miho Hamada 21-11, 21-18, and 21-13.

    It was a dour, defensive match in which the Expidite Rule was invoked for exceeding the time limit. The Chinese pair were never really in Hunt as their opponents piled up the points with a stubborn defence.

    In the Men's Doubles event, Sweden's Kjell Johansson found consolation for his Singles defeat when he carried off the Doubles title with 20-year-old compatriot Stellan Bengtsson. The Swedish pair beat the defending champions Tibor Klampar and Istvan Jonyer of Hungary 21-19, 15-21, 21-19, 18-21, and 21-15.

    This was the third time in the last four championship that Johansson has won the title. He was champion in 1967 and 1969 with Hans Alser, now coach of the West German team.

    It was an exciting final, full of courageous hitting but the Swedish duo always appeared to have the upper hand despite the hard fight put up by their opponents.

    SYNOPSIS: Fourth seeded Chu Yu-Lan kept the Women's Singles title in the hands of The People's Republic of China with an easy straight sets win over Alice Grofova of Czechoslovakia in the final of the 32nd World Table Tennis championships in Sarajevo Yugoslavia on Sunday.

    In the Men's Single's Hsi En-Ling of China upset seeded Swedish start, Kjell Johansson in an exciting, gruelling and classic hour-long match when he won three games to two.

    The duel between these two greats of table tennis was about as evenly matched as it could be. The 26-year-old Swede, nicknamed "The Hammer" because of his hitting power, carried the more potent smash but his 27-year-old opponent had grater accuracy.

    China did not fare so well in the Women's Doubles when the efforts of Chou Pao-Chin and Lin Mei-Chun were dashed by Rumanian Maria Alexandru and Japan's Miho Hamada 21-11, 21-18, 21-13
    Sweden's Kjell Johansson found consolation for his Singles defeat when with compatriot Stellan Bengtsson he carried off the Doubles title. The Swedes beat defending champions Tibor Klampar and Istvan Jonyer of Hungary in an exiting hard-hitting battle.

    Came the moment of presentation; the culmination of all the hard won matches Hsi En-Ting stepped up to receive the Men's Singles Trophy - consolation for the Chinese who lost their Swaythling Cup Men's title to the Swedes last Week.

    Chu Yu-Lan took possession of the coveted Women's Singles Trophy. She'd picked up an easy win in 25 minutes to once again secure Asia's 18-year-old hold on the title.

    The invincible Swedes Kjell Johansson and Stellan Bengtsson Stepped up to receive the Men's Doubles Trophy. wrested from the holders Tibor Klampar and Istvan Jonyer of Hungary. This was the third time in the last four championships that Johansson has won the title.

    Finally came the turn of Maria Alexandru of Rumania and Japan's Miho Hamada. They took their Women's Doubles Trophy for the victory over the Chinese duo Chou Pao-China and Lin Mei-Chun.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABBWCKFUCNAJQBIERG8C4442XB
    Media URN:
    VLVABBWCKFUCNAJQBIERG8C4442XB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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