Chinanews.com client, Beijing, November 29 (Reporter Wang Yu) After nearly four months, the Chinese and Japanese table tennis teams once again faced each other across the net in the mixed doubles final of the World Series.
This time, Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin did not let regret repeat themselves.
3:0, the two swept the Japanese combination Zhang Bentomo/Hina Hayada to win the championship, which is also the first gold medal of the Chinese table tennis team in this World Table Tennis Championships.
Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha embraced and celebrated after the game.
Image source: ITTF
Before the start of the mixed doubles final, the national table tennis coach Ma Lin put the Heducek Cup, which symbolizes the highest glory of the mixed doubles, on the side of the court and kissed the trophy.
Two years ago, it was Xu Xin's partner Liu Shiwen who defeated the Japanese team Kasumi Ishikawa/Maharu Yoshimura and helped Guoping regain this glory.
Looking back in the past, from the 1971 World Table Tennis Championships, Zhang Xielin's partner Lin Huiqing won the world table tennis mixed doubles championship for the first time, to 2019 Xin Wen teamed up the Heducek Cup, the national table tennis team won a total of 19.5 championships in 48 years. (Xu Xin/Liang Xiayin's cross-border combination won the championship in 2015).
But there is no doubt that now Wang Chuqin partner Sun Yingsha successfully won the championship, the significance is even more extraordinary.
In the previous Tokyo Olympics, Xu Xin/Liu Shiwen, the absolute main player of the national table tennis mixed doubles, lost to the Japanese team Mizutani Hayabusa/Ito Mima in the final and lost their first Olympic gold in the event.
The "China-Japan showdown" of the mixed doubles in the Tokyo Olympic cycle ended with an unforgettable defeat.
In the mixed doubles final of the Tokyo Olympics, Xu Xin/Liu Shiwen lost the Japanese combination Mizutani Hayabusa/Ito Mima, but unfortunately won the silver medal.
The picture shows Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin in the game.
As the first world competition in the Paris Olympic cycle, veterans Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen failed to join the team. Japanese player Mizutani Hayabusa faded out of the stadium. The outside world is paying attention to the new pattern of the mixed doubles venue of the World Table Tennis Championships. How will it respond and what adjustments will it make?
Before the start of the Houston World Table Tennis Championships, the China-US Table Tennis Association jointly announced that Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu were paired with American players Zhang An and Kanak to participate in the mixed doubles competition.
As a result, Guoping has only Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin as the absolute main players in the mixed doubles event.
For the two young players, it is an unprecedented test and responsibility to help the national table tennis continue the mixed doubles glory and to lay a good start for the Paris Olympic cycle. It also means greater pressure.
Data map: Jakarta Asian Games, Wang Chuqin/Sun Yingsha won the mixed doubles championship.
Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan
The personal abilities of Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin and the tacit understanding of doubles cooperation are obvious to all.
In the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, the two together defeated teammate Wang Manyu/Lin Gaoyuan to win the championship.
After the same "00", they are also regarded as a strong successor to the national table tennis mixed doubles event.
In this World Table Tennis Championships, Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin all the way through the semifinals, defeating the world's second-ranked Chinese Taipei group Zheng Yijing/Lin Yunru 3:1 in the semifinals.
Later in the final, it was only 20 minutes from the time Ma Lin won the Heduzek Cup to the successful coronation of Sun Yingsha/Wang Chuqin.
With Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha winning the mixed doubles championship, the Chinese table tennis team won the first gold medal in this tournament, which is even more significant for the two players.
After the game, Yingsha Sun said: "(Winning the championship) is also a new beginning and a new challenge for the two of us."
Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha won the Heduzek Cup.
Image source: ITTF
From the Tokyo Olympic cycle to the Paris Olympic cycle, from Ishikawa Yoshizumi/Yoshimura Maharu, Ito Mima/Mizutani Hayabusa, to Zhangmoto Tomokazu/Hina Hayada, the Japanese table tennis team has always adjusted and maintained in the mixed doubles event. Impact on national table tennis.
21-year-old Hina Hayada and 18-year-old Zhang Benzhihe are similar in age to 21-year-old Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha. The Houston World Table Tennis Championships not only opened the prelude to the competition between the Chinese and Japanese teams in the new cycle of mixed doubles, but also the two pairs of combinations. It is bound to meet more frequently in the next three years.
In recent years, the Chinese table tennis team has continued to experiment and innovate in the mixed doubles event.
In the Budapest World Table Tennis Championships two years ago, in addition to Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, the mixed doubles partner of Ding Ning and Fan Zhendong was also a "double insurance" for the team to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
Today, in addition to Sun Yingsha and Wang Chuqin, Guoping still needs to train a second or even more stable mixed doubles partner.
Are they Lin Gaoyuan and Wang Manyu, who have been partners for many times?
Or is it more possible?
The overall planning and consideration of the team is still needed.
There is no doubt that more possibilities and competition will allow the team to always maintain the lead in this project.
The glory of the World Table Tennis Championships mixed doubles champion has become history at the moment of stepping off the podium. For Sun Yingsha/Wang Chuqin, the eyes of the two have undoubtedly been placed in Paris three years later.
The new starting point has been written down, and the road to a higher goal still needs hard work and sweat.