INTRODUCTION: China's reigning world champion, Guo Yuehua has coasted to an easy win in the Norwich Union Grand Masters Table Tennis Championships.
SV A. Grubba (Poland) wearing green shirt serves to M. Orlowski (Czechoslovakia) at match point. Orlowski wins after long rally. Players shake hands and walk off
CU PULL BACK TO LV Guo Yuehua serves to I. Jonyer in the first set of the final
SV Guo wins first PAN TO scoreboard
CU & SV Crowd watches as Jonyer serves in second set and a long rally follows, won by Guo
SV Other players watch
SV Guo serves and wins penultimate point in third set (20-12)
SV Guo wins final point and players shake hands
LV & CU Crowd applauds as Guo receives trophy and holds it aloft
SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: INTRODUCTION: China's reigning world champion, Guo Yuehua has coasted to an easy win in the Norwich Union Grand Masters Table Tennis Championships. It was Guo's third title within a year, and he also holds the World Cup. In the play off match for third and fourth placing, Milan Orlowski of Czechoslovakia defeated Poland's Andrej Grubba. We pick up that game at match point.
SYNOPSIS: Grubba serves to Milan Orlowski. He had lost the first game 21-18, won the second by three points, but trailed in this deciding game by 11 points.
The 21-9 win placed the Czech third in the tournament, with Andrej Grubba finishing fourth.
The Queen Elizabeth stadium in Hong Kong was packed for the finals. They had come to see 'maestro Guo' the finest player in the world, today.
The prize winner's cheque was worth H.K. 45,000 dollars. (U.S. 8,500 dollars).
Twenty-five year old Guo took the first game, 21-18.
His opponent Istvan Jonyer of Hungary, who is 31, became a double World Champion in 1975, by winning both the men's singles and doubles. He is currently ranked number 12 in Europe and number 27 in the world. The second game was the best, with the Hungarian matching Guo point for point, and went to 24-22.
The third game at 21-22, made it a straight sets win for the title holder.
The match lasted only 45 minutes, but the spectators saw all the magic of Guo's game, in particular his deceptive spin-serve. Sixteen players contested the finals in a series of elimination matches. Prize money for the Norwich Union Masters totalled H.K. 130,000 dollars, (U.S. 23,500 dollars).