Guo Yue (left) and Li Xiaoxia (right) the Women's Doubled winners in Yokohama. Photo By: Ayoade Ademakinwa
China’s Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia, the no.1 seeds, won the Women’s Doubles title at the H.I.S. World Championships in Yokohama on Monday 4th May 2009.
At the final hurdle they beat compatriots, Ding Ning and Guo Yan in five games to arrest the title.
They succeeded 11-8, 12-10, 11-4, 3-11, 11-7.
Earlier in the day they had been rivals when Guo Yue had beaten Li Xiaoxia at the semi-final stage of the Women’s Singles event.
Foes they may been earlier, in the evening they were in total harmony.
They were the more experienced pair with life in a World Championships final being a totally new experience for Ding Ning.
Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia won the first three games which settled their nerves; they were the first to attack time and again with the fast forehand of Guo Yue prevalent and the control from Li Xiaoxia outstanding.
Three games to nil in arrears Ding Ning and Guo Yan played with more fluency; they dominated the fourth game playing error free and maintaining the pressure on their opponents.
However, there was to be no dream recovery.
In the fifth game the champions elect established a 4-1 lead, Ding Ning and Guo Yan called “Time Out”.
They fought, they reduced the arrears to 8-6 forcing Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia to call “Time Out”. The next point went to Ding Ning and Guo Yan but that was the last point surrendered by the top seeds.
They won the next three points to end the match; they hugged each other, they were the 2009 H.I.S World Championships Women’s Doubles champions.