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Other Sports - 22. December 2009.

Guo Yan are Champions of the Champions

In the Women's event, GUO Yan emerged victorious. The no.5 in the women's world ranking overcame World Cup title holder LIU Shiwen in six games 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9 and 11-3.

Decisive Fifth Game in the Women's Final
China's GUO Yan overcame compatriot LIU Shiwen in six hard-fought games. The 2008 Pro Tour Grand Finals winner will receive 45,000 US dollars prize money.

GUO Yan started off well and took a 2 to 0 lead in games. LIU Shiwen, however, came back and levelled the match. Then 18 year old LIU missed the chance to decide the final in her favour. "I missed some crucial points in this match", LIU told reporters in Chansha. "In the fifth game, I was 6-3 up, but there was a mess in my head, then it was 9-9 and edge ball decision that affected my mind. I was not determined enough. I lost some matches recently to Guo Yan in China, so I was not very confident in the whole match."

GUO Yan said: "Before this match, I made a different preparation to play against Liu Shiwen. In the past, I always treated her like a 'small child', but everybody knows that she is no longer a child now. She is at a top level." About the match she stated: "Liu was a bit slow in the first two sets, then from the third on she played much better."

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