This week on TT News Weekly:
Ma Long topples opposition at German Open, and Australia dominates at Oceania Championships. The ITTF World Tour stopped off in Bremen
in late March for the 2018 German Open, an event which delivered plenty of drama. Ma Long returned to the ITTF World Tour for
the first time in almost a year but despite his long stint away from the tour the Chinese
star looked just as strong as ever. Picking up victories over the likes of Timo
Boll and Wong Chun Ting in the lead up to the final, Ma Long went on to beat Xu Xin
in the gold medal contest to win a record fifth title at the German Open. However, while there was success for China
in the Men’s Singles tournament, over in the Women’s Singles event that wasn’t
the case. Wu Yang and Sun Yingsha both exited at the
quarter-finals stage of the competition with Kasumi Ishikawa and Suh Hyowon going on to
reach the final. Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa held off a brave
attempt from her Korean counterpart winning her first Women’s Singles gold medal at
the German Open in the process. The Men’s Doubles trophy was awarded to
Ma Long and Xu Xin while the Women’s Doubles title was successfully defended by Hina Hayata
and Mima Ito. Australia is getting ready to welcome the
commonwealth’s best athletes with the 2018 Commonwealth Games heading to the Gold Coast
in early April and there is good news for the host nation’s table tennis players after
a strong outing at the 2018 Oceania Championships. 12 of the 14 gold medals on offer at the event
went to Australia including both singles trophies. Yan Xin earned an impressive victory over
Heming Hu to claim the Men’s Singles prize while the Women’s Singles gold medal went
to Jian Fang Lay following her straight games win over Melissa Tapper. While Australia may not be favourites to pick
up any table tennis gold medals at the Commonwealth Games the host nation’s competitors will
at least head into the tournament with confidence on their side.

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Dennis Veasley

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