Zhang completes China's table tennis sweep
Successfully defends women's Olympic title with 5-set win over former doubles partner
China's Zhang Yining will walk away from the Beijing Olympics with bragging rights over former doubles teammate Wang Nan after taking the singles table tennis title on Friday.
Zhang lived up to her world No. 1 standing, prevailing 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 for her second consecutive gold medal in the event and fourth overall in the sport.
Combined with Guo Yue's third-place victory over Li Jia Wei of Singapore, the dominant Chinese swept all three medals for only the second time in 20 years.
Zhang beat Li 4-1 in the semifinal match earlier Friday.
Zhang dropped the first game 11-9, but came back to win the next four 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 and 11-5.
Wang, ranked fifth, defeated Guo 4-2 (3-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 11-3 and 11-6) in the other semifinal.
In men's singles quarter-final play Friday:
- World No.1 Wang Hao of China defeated Ko Lai Chak of Hong Kong.
- Jorgen Persson of Sweden beat Zoran Primorac of Croatia 4-1.
- China’s Wang Liqin defeated Croatia’s Tan Ruiwu 4-0.
- China’s Ma Lin defeated Oh Sang Eun of South Korea 4-0.