Chen Meng and Wang Manyu upset top seeds to secure top prize
China’s Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, combining for the first time as a partnership on the international scene, emerged as the winners of the Women’s Doubles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open in Doha on the afternoon of Sunday 26th February.
Not seeded, they overcame the top seeded Korean combination of Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun (11-4, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6) to claim the top prize.
Consistency, staying close to the table, Chen Meng and Wang Manyu imposed their authority on proceedings from the very first point; intentions were made clear, there was a task to be completed and to be completed in a clinical fashion.
They secured the first game, the success settled nerves; gaining in confidence they won the first six points of the second; attacking play from the Koreans was absorbed, angles created and turned to advantage.
Two games to nil in arrears, the Korean duo mounted a recovery; they captured the third as Chen Meng and Wang Manyu made more errors than in the first two games put together.
Conversely Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun eradicated the errors of the first two games; however, it was to be only brief respite. In the fourth game, Chen Meng and Wang Manyu established a 5-2 lead; the Korean duo called “Time Out”, they levelled at 6-all but never held the advantage.
Chen Meng and Wang Manyu were not be denied, at 10-6 they held match point; the opportunity was seized.
“The match was easier than what we had expected, we did a lot of preparation for possible difficulties and as well as being mentally prepared to play till the fifth game. I think my performance was also an important aspect in the match, if I had played poorly, the outcome would have been different, luckily I performed well today. From our first doubles match till now, I’m more used to the rhythm for doubles matches and we have build up good rapport along the way. We are very pleased with the title”, Wang Manyu
It was for Jeon Jihee the 13th time they had appeared as a partnership in an ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles final; it was the sixth time they had experienced defeat.
A first final as a partnership for Chen Meng and Wang Manyu but they were not without experience of the occasion. At the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korean Open, Wang Manyu had partnered Chen Ke to success; the pair beating Japan’s Miu Hirano and Mima Ito in the final.
Meanwhile, for Chen Meng, it was her seventh success in eight finals; previously she had won in partnership with Zhu Yuling on four occasions plus once with Liu Shiwen and once with Mu Zi. The only defeat in an ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles final for Chen Meng was in Austria in 2013 when partnering Zhu Yuling, she was beaten by colleagues Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia.
Notably it was the 110th time that a Chinese partnership had stood tall on the podium when and ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles event had concluded.