Zhang dethrones Wang to win men's singles in Rotterdam
Updated: 2011-05-16 13:41
Zhang Jike of China reacts on match point of his men's final against compatriot Wang Hao at the World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam, May 15, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
ROTTERDAM - The 23-year-old Zhang Jike dethroned top seed Wang Hao 4-2 to clinch the men's singles title at the World Table Tennis Championships on Sunday.
Zhang lay down on the floor after grabbing the last point, then ripped his jersey and shouted for celebration. "I think my mentality is good. The more the audience is, the more excited I am," said Zhang, who knocked out of world No. 2 Timo Boll in the semifinals earlier, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-3, 11-9.
The two-time Olympic silver medallist Wang didn't looked too frustrated but revealed that the rubber of his paddle was ripped by the staff from racket control for no reason minutes before the start of the game and he had to hurriedly glue it back.
"I didn't know why they did that," said Wang, who defeated veteran Wang Liqin to win the title two years ago. "My paddle had past the test."
Wang Hao (L), Zhang Jike (2nd L) and Ma Long (R) of China and Timo Boll of Germany hold up their medals during the award ceremony of the men's final at the World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam, May 15, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
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