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China’s challenge, World Junior Champion title unites quintet

World Junior champion, it is the common factor that unites China’s challenge for honours at the forthcoming Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open, the four day tournament commences on Thursday 23rd February, following a two day qualification event.

The Girls’ Singles winners from 2009 to 2015 are all in action.

Zhu Yuling in action at recent Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (Photo by Victor Fraile / Power Sport Images)

Cheng Meng, Wu Yang and Zhu Yuling are all on duty as are Gu Yuting and Wang Manyu.

Gu Yuting and Wang Manyu must play in the qualification tournament, for Cheng Meng, Wu Yang and Zhu Yuling it is a direct entry to the main draw.

Wu Yang won in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias in 2009, before in the next three editions of the tournament Cheng Meng and Zhu Yuling shared the honours.

Zhu Yuling emerged successful in 2010 in Bratislava and then in 2012 regained the title when she prevailed in the Indian city of Hyderabad; sandwiched in between Chen Meng won in Bahrain in 2011, notably completing a clean sweep of titles.

Following the success of Zhu Yuling in Hyderabad, Gu Yuting was crowned in Rabat in 2013, to be followed immediately by Wang Manyu in both Shanghai in 2014 and in La Roche sur Yon in 2015.