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China's Fan retains men's singles title at Table Tennis Worlds

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-05-28 22:27
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Fan Zhendong of China celebrates scoring during the men's singles final match at 2023 ITTF Table Tennis World Championships Finals in Durban, South Africa, May 28, 2023. [Photo/VCG]

DURBAN, South Africa - Fan Zhendong of China retained the men's singles title with a 4-2 victory over compatriot Wang Chuqin at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) Finals here on Sunday.

In a clash of the top two seeds, world No. 1 Fan outplayed the first-time singles finalist 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10, 11-13, 11-3.

It is China's 10th straight men's singles crown at the table tennis worlds, a run dating back to 2005.

Prior to their duel on Sunday, Fan and Wang had claimed the men's doubles title together. The two paddlers will leave Durban with two titles each. Wang partnered with Sun Yingsha to emerge victorious in the mixed doubles.

China's Ma Long and Liang Jingkun shared the men's singles bronze medals.

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