POZZUOLI, 11 July – On the final day of action at the Palatrincone venue it was once again the men and women of China putting on a demonstration in the table tennis singles events at the 30th Summer Universiade. Yidi Wang and Ziyang Yu defeated their compatriots respectively, and both won the gold medal in straight games victory.
After eight days of competition, the two Chinese athletes each won four gold medals – in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team – helping to lead team China to nearly a clean sweep of the table tennis events here in Napoli with 7 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze as the final tally.
Yidi Wang showed her strength of winning the gold medal during the match. She did not waste time in claiming her victory as she defeated compatriot Rui Zhang within 17 minutes of stepping onto the field of play, with the performance of 11-7, 11-4, 11-2 and 11-6.
Characterised by a dynamic playing style, Wang is also the first female athlete on team China to won four gold medals in this year’s Universiade. “I am pretty happy about my performance,” said Wang. “The opponent is my teammate, so I know her well. This helps me to adjust my mindset.”
In the men’s final, it was again a China versus China affair. Ziyang Yu took 23 minutes to finish to claim victory or his country mate Zihao Zhao, winning 11-7, 11-8, 11-8, 11-5. Both athletes showed a dizzying level of speed and technique in the match. And while Zhao was in touching distance of reach a game point, he was eventually at every instance unable to overturn the match.
“I think I performed pretty well in this match,” Yu told FISU Media. “Because the opponent is my teammate, I can better prepare for this match.”
Speaking of winning four gold medals, Yu said he is satisfied with his and his teammates’ performance, it is because of their hard work and cooperation, that team China is able to claim all the gold medal in table tennis.