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Sun Yingsha won the World Cup for the first time, and Ma Long won the 30th world championship

Sun Yingsha won the World Cup for the first time, and Ma Long won the 30th world championship

Sun Yingsha won the World Cup for the first time, and Ma Long won the 30th world championship

Ma Long (left) and Sun Yingsha take a selfie on the podium. Courtesy of WTT World Table Tennis Federation

In the table tennis World Cup that ended in Macao on the evening of April 21, the men's and women's singles finals were reversed. Sun Yingsha chased points all the way after falling behind 0-2, and finally defeated teammate Wang Manyu with a big score of 4-3 to win the World Cup championship for the first time, and Ma Long reversed teammate Lin Gaoyuan when he was 0-3 behind and won his 30th World Series championship trophy. The 35-year-old said that at this stage, it is sometimes impossible to distinguish between a big game and a small competition, and every game is very important to him, and this World Cup winner has also given him a shot in the arm for his subsequent trip to Paris.

Women's Singles

Sun Yingsha fell to the ground to celebrate: It's really boring

After defeating Chen Meng in the semifinals, Sun Yingsha ushered in Wang Manyu in the final last night, and these three are basically the national table tennis team Paris Olympics women's team lineup. As soon as the game came up, Sun Yingsha fell behind 8-11, 5-11. After that, she chased points all the way, and finally won 11-9 in the deciding game, defeating Wang Manyu 4-3 to win the World Cup for the first time. This is also Sun Yingsha's 11th world championship.

The women's singles championship match lasted for an hour and a half, and Sun Yingsha bluntly said that she tried her best, "In the end, 2 more points to win the game, this is the charm of competitive sports." "The format of this World Cup has been reformed, and players need to start from the group stage, which is more difficult than in the past. Sun Yingsha went from the group stage to 16 into 8, and then to the final round, every game was very challenging, "I have really improved and grown." Sun Yingsha said that this is a very valuable victory for her table tennis career.

When she won match point, Sun Yingsha fell to the court in celebration with excitement, which was rare in her previous matches. After the game, she revealed that she was lying down subconsciously, and she was really bored at that time. After winning this game, Sun Yingsha has become more and more stable in the position of the first person in the team.

Sun Yingsha won the World Cup for the first time, and Ma Long won the 30th world championship

After winning the match point, Sun Yingsha fell to the ground to celebrate. Photo/Xinhua News Agency

For Wang Manyu, although he missed the championship, he gained a lot from this World Cup. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Hina Hayata, the first Japanese women's table tennis player, and defeated Miwa Zhang in the semifinals, which are the main opponents of the national table tennis team in the Paris Olympics. won two foreign battles, which added a lot of points to Wang Manyu. At present, there is only one Saudi Grand Slam left in the Olympic points competition, and the competition between Wang Manyu and Chen Meng for the second place in women's singles continues.

Men's Singles

Ma Long turned the tables against the wind and was more confident in preparing for the Olympics

Like the women's singles final, Ma Long and Lin Gaoyuan's men's singles final also played seven games. The difference is that Malone staged a big comeback to win when he was down 0-3. In fact, after defeating Wang Chuqin 4-0 in the semifinals, Ma Long had some neck problems, and he also played with a muscle patch injury last night. As the oldest player in the team, captain Ma Long has not done as well as previous years in the Paris Olympic cycle, but he has given his all in every game.

As soon as the final came up, Ma Long lost three games in a row, and finally chased four games in a row to complete the reversal and won the third World Cup championship in his career. In the 2012 and 2015 World Cups, Ma Long defeated Bol and Fan Zhendong to win the championship. Along the way, he admitted that he didn't expect to win the championship, and he achieved his goal by finishing in the top four. Whether it was the semi-finals or the final, Malone played very relaxed and without any pressure.

This is the 30th world championship of Ma Long's career, and it is also the heaviest of his personal Olympic cycle in Paris. He said that the previous championships were basically led at the beginning, and this was the first time he won it under headwind conditions, "At this stage, I can win opponents like Wang Chuqin and Lin Gaoyuan one after another, which is also a great boost to confidence." ”

Sun Yingsha won the World Cup for the first time, and Ma Long won the 30th world championship

Malone won the 30th world championship of his career. Courtesy of WTT World Table Tennis Federation

As the Paris Olympics get closer and closer, Malone said that this stage should be more present, "There are less than 100 days left (before the Olympics), there are a lot of training and competitions in between, and there are also a lot of uncertainties. The 35-year-old said that at this stage, sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between a big game and a small game, and every game is very important to him.

Sun Haiguang, chief reporter of the Beijing News

Editor-in-Chief Wu Dongni

Proofreading by Jun Liu

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