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Stars bid farewell to Doha, title deciding matches bring competition to a close

The Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open was brought to a close on Sunday 26th February, as the four senior titles on offer at the first Platinum event of the year were claimed on the final day of the tournament.

The victorious Men's and Women's Singles champions Ma Long and Chen Meng (Photo: Hussein Sayed)

One of the big questions heading into the final day’s action was whether Ma Long could go on to claim another victory over Fan Zhendong at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena as the top two male players in the world faced one another in the Men’s Singles final.

Last year at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open Ma Long saw off Fan Zhendong to lift the Men’s Singles trophy, and the two Chinese players met again in December of last year at the Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals with Ma Long prevailing once again.

Now Ma Long has added another important victory over Fan Zhendong in Doha, thundering his way to the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open crown with a 4-2 triumph over the 20-year-old (11-8, 11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-4).