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Chinese pair win maiden Asian TT titles (Lead)

Ahmedabad, Sep 17 (IANS) Lin Gaoyuan and Zhu Yuling won the mens and womens singles titles, respectively, chalking up thrilling victories in all-Chinese finals at the 30th Asian Championships table tennis tournament here on Sunday.

Both Lin and Zhu clinched their maiden titles at the Asian Championships.

In the men’s singles final, Lin pulled off what was perhaps the biggest upset of the tournament against title favourite Fan Zhendong.

Placed 29th in the world rankings, he put his World No.2 opponent under pressure right from the start in a see-saw contest to win 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5.

Earlier, Zhu defeated compatriot Liu Shiwen in a hard fought women’s singles final to win her maiden continental title.

The Chinese paddlers regaled the sizeable crowd at the TransStadia arena with some top quality action before the World No.3 won 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 11-13, 11-6 in a thrilling contest which lasted for more than an hour.

Liu, the World No.4, was favourite going into this tournament. She had won the World Cup and Asian Cup four times each and the World Tour Grand Finals thrice.

She was in superb form throughout the tournament and had reached the final without losing a single game along the way.

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