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Japanese Siblings stop Chinese Clean Sweep at ITTF Harmony Open
The Women's Singles was a repeat of the 2012 Harmony Open final, which saw Chinese CHEN Meng successfully defended her title against teammate LIU Shiwen. However, it was a shoulder injury that forced LIU to end the duel prematurely at 1-1, thus handing the victory to CHEN.
After the match, the 22-year-old world number three LIU commented: "I find it a pity that I didn't manage to complete my match today. I really would like to put on a good show today in front of the Suzhou crowds, but my shoulder injury was really unbearable and I couldn't continue."
Gold medalist CHEN acknowledged her teammate's injury, and gave LIU some encouraging words: "Such injuries are common for players, so I can understand that it is difficult to bear. I hope LIU Shiwen can get well soon, and we can all work hard together for the upcoming Chinese National Games."
Women's Doubles, it was also the second medal of the event for CHEN Meng, who paired up with teammate ZHU Yuling, as they defeated KIM Hye Song / KIM Jong of the DPR Korea 3-1.
Brother and sister, Masataka MORIZONO and Misaki MORIZONO of Japan won the respective Under 21 Boys' and Girls' Singles titles on Saturday 17th August, creating their own niche in the history of table tennis. This marks the first time that two singles titles have been won by siblings in the 18-year history of the ITTF World Tour.