Sun Yingsha in the female section and Ma Long in the male category won the World Table Tennis Macau (WTT Macao) event yesterday evening.
After five days of competition at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion, Sun and Ma took home the win of the first-ever WTT event that debuted a new competition format with a new scoring system and more attractive venue design.
In the Finals, held on Sunday evening, Sun and Ma edged their opponents, respectively Chen Xingtong and Wang Chuqin for comfortable wins of five games against one, taking the trophy and making history as the first winners of the WTT event.
Sun Yingsha (5-1) Chen Xingtong
In the first match of the evening, Sun, currently World Number 3, started better than Chen and won the first game by only a slight difference (11-10).
With an almost flawless performance, Sun swiftly won the first three games straight (11-8 and 11-6) as if the match was just “a walk in the park.”
But Chen, which eliminated several important names of the tournament in the early stages including the World Number 1 Chen Meng, made her way back into the match on the fourth game, winning by 11-9. The result might even be deceiving for those who did not follow the match as Chen had a very comfortable lead in the scoreboard most of the time with Sun and only managing to balance the score at the end of it.
After that, Sun turned the attack mode back on and won the last two games (11-6 and 11-4) showing clearly that she was the best competitor in the women’s section.
Wang Chuqin (1-5) Ma Long
During the final match of the event, Ma entered at full steam crushing Wang’s pretensions to surprise the master by winning the first four games (5-11, 9-11, 4-11, and 5-11).
On the fifth, and potentially the last game for Wang, Ma relaxed a little too much and let Wang show why he had reached the Finals, edging Ma by only a point (11-10).
But Ma was committed not to let Wang taste victory, closing the match with a win (8-11) in the sixth and last game.
Despite a few imposed restrictions to combat Covid-19, the audience was in good spirits and supported the players that put on a great show and talent display.
The event was also an opportunity for table tennis fans to see live performances of the worlds’ best at this sport.