Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck defeat both Chinese pairs

Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck beat Fan Zhendong/Wang Chuqin and Lin Gaoyuan/Liang Jingkun to reach the men’s doubles finals of WTTC 2021.

We loved Karlsson and Falck. I’m a big fan of how they reward each other with a five whenever they score a point.

Stronger than Chinese Double

Sweden has won a gold medal at the Olympic Games! Karlsson and Falck have won the World Championship.

WTTC 2021 Houston winners
WTTC 2021 Houston winners

As if we’d stepped back in time. The World Table Tennis Championship in Houston will include two finals from Sweden. Sweden has been crowned global champion.

For a long time, we’ve played doubles with each other. It’s mind-boggling that all of this has culminated in a world championship. Karlsson was pleased with the story.

The books of history can be opened: Since Peter Karlsson and Thomas von Scheele became double world champions in 1991.

This gold medal is the first in men’s doubles for Sweden since 2000, when the Scandinavians triumphed in the team against China, and the first for Europe since Werner Schlager was crowned individual world champion in 2003.

Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck - new star at the WTTC 2021 (2)
Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck – new star at the WTTC 2021 (2)

Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson were declared world champions 30 years after Peter Karlsson and Thomas von Scheele won double gold in Chiba. Werner Schlager was the last European to succeed. Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu retained their championships in the women’s division.

The games at a glance:

Ladies doubles Finale

Wang Manyu/SunYingsha CHN –  Hina Hayata/Mima Ito JPN 3:0 (9,7,8)

Men’s doubles Finale

Jang Woojin / Lim Jonghoon KOR – Kristian Karlsson / Mattias Falck SWE 1:3 (-8, -13.11, -10)

Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson have been crowned world champions in the men’s doubles after a grueling draw that included both Chinese doubles and a strong Korean team.

“It has a very euphoric feeling to it. “It was a fantastic tournament,” stated Karlsson. With this setting, “we were able to play our finest table tennis yet,” says the narrator.

In the quarterfinals, the double team defeated defending champion Wang Chuqin 3-2 with world number one Fan Zhendong, and in the semifinals, they defeated Lin Gaoyuan and Liang Jingkun 3-0.

Lim Jonghoon and Jang Woojin take the Silver medal

But Lim Jonghoon and Jang Woojin, the first Korean combination to reach a World Cup doubles final, were tremendously motivated and on the verge of thwarting the Swedes, who had dominated throughout the tournament.

Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck - new star at the WTTC 2021 (3)
Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck – new star at the WTTC 2021 (3)

The opening set was a resounding victory for the Swedes, but every subsequent round was a nail-biter and concluded in a tense extra-time showdown. Despite this, the Koreans were able to narrow the deficit to 1: 2 in the fifth set but were unable to win it.

Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck - new star at the WTTC 2021 (4)
Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Falck – new star at the WTTC 2021 (4)

Karlsson and Falck capitalized on their first set ball in the fourth round, despite the fact that they had already earned two set balls in the previous round.

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