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Chen Meng Claws Her Way to Victory, No Lives Left
The winner on the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour in both Doha and on home soil in Suzhou, finishing the year in top spot on the Women's Singles Standings, China's CHEN Meng was the cat with nine lives at the ITTF 2013 World Tour Austrian Open in Wels on Friday 25th January.
In the second round of the Women's Singles event she saved a total of no less than nine match points, before recording a dramatic victory over the host nation's 22 year old Amelie SOLJA, the no.28 seed.
Occupying the no.5 seeded position, 19 year old CHEN Meng recovered from a two games to nil deficit to post a seven games success (8-11, 5-11, 11-13, 11-3, 13-11, 11-8, 17-15).
Success for CHEN Meng, who completed a clean sweep of titles at the VOLKSWAGEN World Junior Championships in Bahrain in 2011 and there was success for her compatriot FANG Bo. He achieved the same feat two years earlier in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias.
Similarly, in the Women's Singles event the leading names were untroubled as they reserved third round places.
Reigning World champion and top seed, China's DING Ning beat Spain's Sara RAMIREZ (11-3, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4); LI Xiaoxia, the Olympic champion and no.2 seed, defeated Chinese Taipei's CHENG I-Ching (11-3, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9), whilst WU Yang, the no.4 seed, proved too stable in defence for Germany's Irene IVANCAN (11-7, 11-9, 13-11, 11-3).
Meanwhile, for the one non-Chinese player not listed amongst the top four in the Women's Singles event, there was also a smooth passage to round three. Japan's Kasumi ISHIKAWA, the no.3 seed, defeated compatriot Yuki NONAKA (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7) to keep her medal aspirations alive.