Guo Yue (left) and Li Xiaodan (right) on the victory path Photo By: Ireneusz Kanabrodzki
Success in the Women’s Doubles event at the Polish Open in Wladyslawowo went the way of China on the afternoon of Sunday 20th March 2011.
Guo Yue and Li Xiaodan recovered from a two games to nil deficit to beat Japan’s Hiroko Fujii and Misako Wakamiya in six games (6-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10) to clinch gold.
The victory for Guo Yue meant that she has now won the Women’s Doubles title at every ITTF Pro Tour tournament in 2011.
She won in Slovenia, Qatar, Kuwai and Germany with Li Xiaoxia; in England with Guo Yan and now in Poland with Li Xiaodan.
Incredible Doubles Record
Including two successes at Grand Finals, the win in Wladyslawowo is the 34th ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Doubles title; it is her sixth of the year and her ninth in succession. In 2010 she won in at the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open, the Harmony China Open and the Liebherr Austrian Open.
Meanwhile, for Li Xiaodan it her second such success; in 2009 she won the Women’s Doubles title at the German Open in Bremen with Mu Zi.
It was the first occasion that Guo Yue and Li Xiaodan had formed a partnership in international competition.
However, their opponents in the final were a tried and trusted pairing and the silver medal was by some distance their greatest ITTF Pro Tour success.
Previous Best Quarter-Final
The previous best was a quarter-final exit which they had experienced on three previous occasions.
In 2010 the reached the round of the last eight pairs in Qatar and Korea before departing; whilst earlier this year, also in Qatar, they progressed to the quarter-finals.
At the Polish Open in 2011 it was runners up spot; highly creditable.