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China’s Fan claims third straight ITTF World Cup

Fan Zhendong became the first winner of three straight World Cup titles after he was crowned at the ITTF Men’s World Cup finals in Weihai, Shandong Province, last night.

Top-seeded Fan, who beat compatriot and second seed Ma Long 4-3 (3-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9), also became only the second player to win four World Cup titles in the 40-year-old history of the event, tying the record set by Chinese table tennis legend Ma Lin. Winning 14 out of 18 head-to-heads with Fan in ITTF competitions, Grand Slam winner Ma has now lost in their last two meetings. “It feels so good to win a championship and I cherish this one even more as it comes from a very tough match,” said Fan. Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan was third after edging out Jang Woo-jin from South Korea in another seven-game thriller 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12, 6-11, 11-5.


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