China overcame Japan in the final of the women's event at the Liebherr World Team Cup in Magdeburg on Sunday 6th November 2011 and in so doing won the title for a seventh time.
In fact, in what is now eight editions of the event, they have only ever failed to win the gold medal on one occasion; in Nîmes in 1994, they finished in third place behind Russia and Germany.
However, in 2011, there was to be no repeat of the result experienced some 17 years earlier. The trio of Li Xiaoxia, Guo Yan and Guo Yue duly delivered; a mark of the strength of Chinese table tennis; Ding Ning was rested.
photos Janos Schmidt