Fan Zhendong regretted defeating Malone and missed the title, Chen Mengcheng was the first person to win four consecutive championships
Yangcheng Evening News reporter Wei Chaoran
The 2020 ITTF year-end finals ended this afternoon at the Zhengzhou Olympic Sports Center.
In the men’s singles final, Guangdong star Fan Zhendong regretfully lost to Grand Slam winner Ma Long 1-4. His four-game winning streak was terminated. Ma Long won the sixth men’s singles championship in the individual finals. In the women’s singles final, Chen Meng continued his strong performance and beat Wang Manyu 4-1, winning the women’s singles championship for the fourth consecutive year.
In the past month or so, Fan Zhendong and Ma Long have met in the men’s singles final for three consecutive times. In the previous two national championships and the World Cup, Fan Zhendong won the championship with a 4-3 win. Therefore, Ma Long has been holding back his energy and wanted to defeat Fan Zhendong. Before the game, he lowered his posture, saying that he would go all out to fight for the current world number one.
Ma Long did what he said. At the beginning of the game, he played proactively, every ball must be contested. In contrast, Fan Zhendong was somewhat conservative, waiting for his opponent to make a mistake first.
However, Malone has a strong belief in winning on the court. He shouted and celebrated every point he scored. Fan Zhendong was slightly dull and was suppressed by his opponents. Malone scored a big 3 0 lead.
Although Fan Zhendong never gave up when he fell behind and even got back a round, he did not perform to his best level in the end. After all, this is not a game belonging to Fan Zhendong. Malone won 11-8 in the fifth game and defeated Fan Zhendong 4-1. Following 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2016, he won the year-end for the sixth time. The men’s singles champion in the finals; Fan Zhendong missed the defense and missed the chance to win the third championship.
After the game, Malone said frankly that he was very eager to win the championship, and it was this desire that made him finally defeat Fan Zhendong.”I haven’t won a championship this year. For me, this championship is not easy to come by, but also very valuable. I like to challenge the world’s number one very much. I am very lucky to get this honor, very lucky this person. it’s me”.
Although he failed to win the championship, Fan Zhendong’s recent performance is already outstanding enough. Malone’s strength and abilities are obvious to all, but what is more precious in him is his desire for a championship, even at the end of his career. For Fan Zhendong who is still growing up, Ma Long is still the best role model.
The women’s singles final is a repeat of last year’s finals. Chen Meng once again defeated Wang Manyu and achieved the first four consecutive championships in the women’s singles finals in history.
Chen Meng’s current state is in full swing. Prior to this, he won consecutive national championships and World Cup women’s singles championships, while Wang Manyu’s morale boosted after sweeping Mima Ito. The competition between the two in the first three rounds was very fierce, and Chen Meng’s key points were even better, leading 2-1.
At the end of the fourth game, Chen Meng scored two consecutive lucky balls to wipe the net and directly won the game, which also defeated Wang Manyu’s confidence. Then Chen Meng hurriedly achieved four consecutive championships.