The finals of the womens' doubles competition in the Norwich Union Table Tennis Championships held in Brighton, United Kingdom on Saturday (11 January) turned out to be a duel between two teams from The People's Republic of China.
GV Li Ming serving to Yu Ching-Chia, rally between doubles pairs, in final set of match and Li and Liu Hsin-yen win point (11-4)
SV AND GV Liu serving and after rally Yu and Yen Kui-li win point (17-all)
SV Yu and Yen PULL OUT TO Liu serving and after short rally Li puts shot off of table to lose point (18-17)
GV Yu serving to Li and Liu puts ball into net (19-17)
SV AND GV Yu serves and after short rally hits top of net to put ball off table and lose point (score 20-18 after umpire rectifies mistake)
GV Yu serving for match point and after short rally Yen misses table to lose point (20-19)
SV Liu and Li walk back to table
GV Yu serves and after long rally wins game after Li puts ball into net
GV Players shaking hands
TRANSCRIPT: Table Tennis: and the final of the women's doubles in the Norwich Union Championships at the British resort of Brighton on Saturday. Four girls from The People's Republic of China trounced all opposition to dominate the final. Two games down, Li Ming and Liu Hsin-yen (nearest the camera) face strong pressure from Yu Ching-Chia and Yen Kui-li.
Miss Liu serving with the score at seventeen-sixteen in the third game. The skill and strength of the Chinese national squad was illustrated by the way in which these girls -- only middle rankers at home -- dealt with players from all over Europe, the USSR and Japan to win through to the final.
Standing seventeen-all in this crucial game, Miss Liu serves again, but team-mate Miss Li's concentration faltered to lose them the point.
Service change with the score at eighteen-seventeen, and Miss Yu delivers to Miss Li. Two mistakes in quick succession in this high-quality game put Miss Yu and Miss Yen ahead twenty-seventeen. But an umpiring error at this stage of the match confused the position, allowing Misses Liu and Li to think they trailed by only one point. With the error rectified, the trailing team picked up another crucial point to bring the score to twenty-nineteen ... with everything to play for.
But Miss Yu and Miss Yen showed the form which had already taken them to a two-game lead to win the final point after a hard rally ... giving them the match.
The Norwich Union finals were the last major event before the World Championships begin in India next month.
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SPORT: TABLE TENNIS
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Background: The finals of the womens' doubles competition in the Norwich Union Table Tennis Championships held in Brighton, United Kingdom on Saturday (11 January) turned out to be a duel between two teams from The People's Republic of China.
The fact that China sent only a middle-ranking team to the tournament -- yet one which proved so successful -- underlines the strength and skill of the Chinese national squad. High ranking players from all over Europe, the USSR and Japan travelled to Brighton to take part in the Championships -- the last major international event before the world Championships in India next month -- but, as far as the women were concerned, Chinese superiority came to the fore.
Yu Ching-Chia -- ranked 18th in the world ratings -- teamed with Yen Kui-li to take the Coronation Cup title in three consecutive games from compatriots Li Ming and Liu Hsin-yen. The game was close fought as the final score showed 21-18, 21-18, 21-19.
An umpiring error in the final stages of the third game caused confusion for a while, after Miss Yu and Miss Yen had fought back to 17-all after trailing by three points. But the winners clinched the match in fine style with an impressive rally to capture the final point.