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China sweeps World Cup team table tennis crowns

Editor: Zhou Minxi 丨Xinhua

01-12-2015 07:31 BJT

DUBAI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- China swept the men's and women's titles at the Team Table Tennis World Cup here on Sunday.

The Chinese men beat surprise finalists Austria 3-0 to win their sixth straight men's trophy.

Chinese youngster Fan Zhendong beat Daniel Habesohn 3-0 and Olympic champion Zhang Jike defeated Robert Gardos in straight sets.

Zhang then paired up with Xu Xin in the doubles, beating Stefan Fegerl and Habesohn 3-0.

The Chinese men took home 50,000 U.S. dollars and Austria had 25,000 dollars as runners-up, the best ever result for the European country in the team World Cup.

The Chinese women whitewashed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea 3-0 earlier in the day.

Zhu Yuling, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning all won their games to secure China's seventh consecutive crown.

Liu beat Ri Mi Gyong 3-2 while Zhu defeated Ri Myong Sun 3-2. Ding combined with Liu to crush Ri Mi Gyong and Kim Hye Song 3-0 in straight sets.

"It was a tough match and our opponents played very well," said Ding.

Liu also said that DPR Korea was a tough opponent and she praised the city of Dubai for hosting a great World Cup.

Twelve women's teams and as many men's teams participated in the tournament.

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