China sweep Team TT World Cup crowns

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Dubai, Jan 12 (IANS) China swept the men’s and women’s titles at the Team Table Tennis World Cup at the Al-Nasr Sports Club here.

The Chinese men’s team beat Austria 3-0 to win their sixth straight trophy Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Chinese youngster Fan Zhendong beat Daniel Habesohn 3-0 and Olympic champion Zhang Jike defeated Robert Gardos in straight sets.

Zhang then paired up with Xu Xin in the doubles, beating Stefan Fegerl and Habesohn 3-0.

The Chinese men took home $50,000 and Austria had $25,000 as runners-up, the best ever result for the European country in the team World Cup.

The Chinese women’s team thrashed North Korea 3-0 earlier in the day. Zhu Yuling, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning all won their games to secure China’s seventh consecutive crown.

Liu beat Ri Mi Gyong 3-2 while Zhu defeated Ri Myong Sun 3-2. Ding combined with Liu to crush Ri Mi Gyong and Kim Hye Song 3-0 in straight sets.

Twelve women’s teams and as many men’s teams participated in the tournament.

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