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ITO Mima and HAYATA Hina at WTTC 2021

Women’s world champions are both old and fresh at the same time. This year’s World Cup final between Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu was an easy victory for the reigning champions, as they won in three sets. After a hard-fought first round, China’s path to triumph had already been established when the Japanese could not persuade them.


Mima Ito in tears

Following rounds, Ito / Hayata performed well, but Sun and Wang remained safe.

“I’m very delighted to have made it to the final, but I’m also heartbroken to have lost it again,” said Mima Ito in tears after the game.

ITO Mima (JPN)_HAYATA Hina (JPN) at Houston WTTC 2021 (3)
ITO Mima (JPN)_HAYATA Hina (JPN) at Houston WTTC 2021 (3) (photo from WTT)


Sun Yingsha won her second medal

The Budapest final was also well-remembered by the Chinese. To win this final was a great accomplishment for us.

Since then, “explained Sun, “we’ve all gotten stronger,” referring to Mima Ito and Hina Hayata as our opponents. Their actions are swift and coordinated.”

ITO Mima (JPN)_HAYATA Hina (JPN) at Houston WTTC 2021 vs Chen Meng
ITO Mima (JPN)_HAYATA Hina (JPN) at Houston WTTC 2021 vs Chen Meng

We’ve been able to achieve our goals because we have a strong bond and mutual trust. Today, Sun won her second World Championships crown in Houston. Wang Chuqin and the 21-year-old won the mixed gold medal last night. And that doesn’t have to be the end of the story, either.

2021/11/29. Doubles - Semifinals at 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals - George R. Brown Convention Center.
2021/11/29. Doubles – Semifinals at 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals – George R. Brown Convention Center.

It’s time for the two double world champions to go head-to-head once more.



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