KOCHI: Host China won both the men’s and women’s team titles in the Asian table tennis championship in Yangzhou. The team scored identical 3-0 wins in the finals, blanking Japan in the men’s section and Singapore in the women’s category.

But, China suffered a big setback on Thursday when its World No.1 Ma Lin, last year’s World Cup champion, was forced to pull out of the men’s singles event with a stomach injury.

The results (team finals): Men: China bt Japan 3-0 (Wang Hao bt Kaii Yoshida 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6; Ma Long bt Jun Mizutani 11-9, 14-12, 11-6; Chen Qi bt Kenta Matsudaira 11-7, 11-3, 11-9).. Women: China bt Singapore 3-0 (Guo Yue bt Li Jia Wei 11-6, 7-11, 15-13, 10-12, 11-4; Zhang Yining bt Sun Bei Bei 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4 Li Xiaoxia bt Wang Yue Gu 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8)..

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