Liu Shiwen wins for record fifth timePhoto: Rémy Gros
Uncle Pop 2019 ITTF Women's World Cup in Chengdu
Winner earlier this year at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest; on Sunday 20th October LIU Shiwen emerged successful at the Uncle Pop 2019 ITTF Women's World Cup in Chengdu. Thus she both wrote her name indelibly into the record books and joined the very elite of the sport.
The no.2 seed, on the concluding day play, after ending the brave run of Lily ZHANG from the United States, the no.18 seed (11-6, 11-1, 11-5, 11-5), she beat colleague ZHU Yuling, the top seed (11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 15-13) to arrest the title. In the opposite half of the draw, in the penultimate round ZHU Yuling had overcome Singapore’s FENG Tianwei, the no.7 seed (11-1, 11-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5).
Gold in Chengdu means that she has now won the Women’s World Cup title five times; previously she succeeded in 2009 in Guangzhou, 2012 in Huangshi, the following year in Kobe, before emerging victorious in 2015 in Sendai.
Moreover, LIU Shiwen is now the most successful player ever in the history of the tournament that dates back to 1996 in Hong Kong. She now goes one ahead of compatriot ZHANG Yining who won in 2001 in Wuhu and 2002 in Singapore, prior to succeeding again in consecutive years, in 2004 in Xiaoshan and in 2005 in Guangzhou.