Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ma Long swipes 12th Pro Tour win in Austria

The finals match in the mens singles at Austrian Open was spectacular to say the least. Going to the 7th and final set after an amazing exchange of rallies and points, Ma Long found himself 10-6 up in the last set. Zhang Jike was not ready to give up on winning the title and saved an incredible 6 match points in a bold effort to win it. It was not enough and after 7 match points Ma Long was able to assert himself over his teammate and World Champion. This is the 6th occasion of 7 matches in which Ma Long has beaten Zhang Jike.

Ma Long winner of the Austrian Open
Image Courtesy of ITTF
See more info on this at the ITTF link above.

The Womens Final was just as enthralling with the reigning World Champion adding another jewel to her crown in a tense final. Prior to this event Ding Ning had never beaten Liu Shiwen in a final. On this occasion she was able to defeat her young opponent 4-1. It may not be long before we see Ding Ning rising to the World Number 1 position with Li Xiaoxia failing to perform at international events recently.

Here is some footage from Ma Long's semi final match against Xu Xin which was a nailbiting 7 set match also.


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