China, long renowned as one of the world's top nations in the sport of table tennis, has won the Men's Team Competition in the Yugoslav Open Tennis Championships.
China, long renowned as one of the world's top nations in the sport of table tennis, has won the Men's Team Competition in the Yugoslav Open Tennis Championships. The Championships were held in the Yugoslav city of Ljubljana.
The Chinese proved too fast ... and subtle ... for their Yugoslav competitors. They Yugoslav players, particularly Stipancic, appeared to be put on the defence and out of position repeatedly by the Chinese's skilful placement of the ball.
When the Yugoslav players attempted to attack by smashing the ball back along the edge, they, more often than not, found their judgement several inches out.
It appeared that at times the Chinese were content to just place the ball back over the net and wait for the Yugoslav players to make a mistake.
SYNOPSIS: The Yugoslav city of Ljubljana hosted this year's Yugoslav Open Table Tennis Championships. Nations from all over the world took part.
But, as in previous table tennis competitions, it was the Chinese who dominated.
It was clear from just after the start that China would be amongst the finalists. But the Yugoslav players, Surbek put up a good show against his Chinese opponent, Huan Li An.
But such lightning fast smash returns became fewer and fewer for the Yugoslav player as Huan placed him out of position forcing Surbek into mistake.
And once Huan had begun using subtle placement the big "rush and crush" game of the Yugoslav fell apart.
The large crowd gave the home team plenty of support.
But when their hero, Yugoslav player, Stipancic, came on against Li Pen, the Chinese player appeared to be just playing the ball back over the not waiting for Stipancic to make a mistake.
L. Pen repeatedly forced the Yugoslav player back on the defensive forcing Stipancic into misjudging the flight of the ball.
Stipancic appeared to become desperate to regain the initiative from Li Pen, but his desperation hindered him rather than helped. Again his judgement ... and the ball ... was out.
With cool, calculating ruthlessness the Chinese player tore to shreds what was left of Stipancic's shattered defence. Even one of the Yugoslav's most favoured shots ... the backhand spin ... would not work for him.
But it was during the doubles match where the real dominance of the Chinese was most obvious. Huan and Li Pen made the Yugoslav players Surbek and Stipancic fall into elementary mistakes. The Chinese won the Men's Team Section by three games to two.