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China-US paddlers excel at worlds

Lin Gaoyuan and Lily Zhang, a joint China-United States pair set up to mark the 50th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy, performed wonders to reach the medal positions at the world table tennis championships in Houston, Texas, on Sunday.

Though defeated by Japan’s Hina Hayata and Tomokazu Harimoto 2-3 in the semifinals, the pair left with special memories.

“We had an amazing run, and I have to thank him (Lin) for always supporting me and carrying me all the way to the semifinals. It’s a dream come true,” said Zhang.

“It’s not just about table tennis but also friendship between us. I am also very grateful that the US fans learnt some Chinese to cheer us, and that means a lot to me. Our friendship will go on, and for that, I’m very happy,” said Lin.

Their Japanese conquerors, however, lost to China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha 11-2, 11-5, 11-8 in the mixed doubles final.

The Chinese were rarely as their dominance ensured a 3-0 win which Wang credited to their good understanding.

“We knew how to complement one another and understood each other well. Our strategy worked out the way we had planned and we are very happy with our win,” said Wang.

“We are so happy with this victory. This just marks the start of a wonderful partnership which we hope will earn us more success in the years to come,” echoed Sun.


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