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Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia won the Women’s Doubles event at the German Open in Dortmund
2011 German Open - ITTF Pro Tour
Reigning World champions, Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia won the Women’s Doubles event at the German Open in Dortmund on Sunday 27th February 2010, to add to their collection of titles.
At the final hurdle they overcame Singapore’s Sun Beibei and Wang Yuegu in five games, recovering from an opening game deficit to secure victory.
Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia won 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4.
It was the third time in international competition that the pairs had met and it was the third time that Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia had won but it was some five years since they had faced each other.
They met twice in 2006 at a time when the partnership of Guo Yue and Niu Jianfgeng, bonze medallists in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, was coming to a close.
In January 2006 they confronted each other in the final in Slovenia, recording a six games win to secure their first ever Women’s Doubles title as a pairing on the ITTF Pro Tour.
It was on that occasion for Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia a case of “if at first you don’t succeed try try again.” The final in Slovenia was their sixth, it was their first victory, in the previous five, starting with Egypt in 2002; they had always finished in runners up spot.
The second meeting came later in the same year in June when Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia prevailed in four straight games in their first round duel at the Volkswagen Open China in Kunshan.
They progressed to the final where the silver medal was the end reward; they lost to the redoubtable partnership of Wang Nan and Zhang Yining.
In Dortmund, the final prize was gold, their 12th ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles title as a paring including their Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals win in 2007 and their fourth of 2011.
Earlier in the year in January they won in Slovenia, whilst in February they succeeded in Qatar and United Arab Emirates, now they have won in German.
A hat-trick of Women’s Doubles titles in February 2011 and clear leaders on the ITTF Pro Tour.
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