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21 сентября 2012 г.

Лю Шивен взлетает к своей второй победе в Кубке мира

Кубок мира в Гуанжи

После своего успеха в 2009 году, Лю Шивен (Китай) выиграла в этом году свой второй высший титул на Кубке мира среди женщин, соревновании, призовой фонд которого составил 150.000 долларов.Звезда из семьи Butterfly не только получила золотую медаль, достаточно легко победив в финале Элизабету Самару из Румынии, но и была награждена чеком на 45 000 долларов. Кроме того, бронзовую медаль также завоевала игрок Butterfly. Неожиданным триумфом стала игра Shen Yanfei Испании.

Putting aside the clear cut victory by the women´s World Number Three, Liu Shiwen, who didn´t waver once throughout the whole tournament, the World Cup 2012 in Huangshi turned out to be a tournament full of surprises. From a Butterfly perspective the tournament was a complete success, not just based on the achievements by Liu Shiwen and Shen Yanfei but also due to the “Butterflies” Viktoria Pavlovich (Belarus) and Yu Mengyu (Singapore) who both played their way into the limelight by reaching the quarter-final stage. In the preliminary round Pavlovich recorded an impressive victory over European Champion Li Jiao (Netherlands), despite her daunting reputation of being unbeatable against defenders. Romania’s Number Two, Butterfly star Daniela Dodean, may not have survived the preliminary round but still managed to achieve a surprising 4:2 victory over South Korea´s Dang Yeseo, who was favourite to win the match. Liu Shiwen was satisfied with her performance and commented on her success afterwards:” I came here as favourite to win the gold medal and fortunately I was able to live up to expectations. My semi-final victory was a huge triumph as Feng Tianwei is always a difficult opponent for me.”

Elizabeta Samara´s amazing triumph should also by no means go unmentioned. Competing at her first ever World Cup, the World Number 38 played her way sensationally into the final, her coaches having prepared themselves for an early departure at the beginning of proceedings. Cause for this was her straight games defeat in her first preliminary round match on Friday at the hand of the Europe Top 12 winner, Wu Jiaduo. Subsequently she faced an even higher hurdle on Saturday, with her group matches against the World Number Seven, Feng Tianwei (Singapore), and the World Number 22, Jiang Huajun (Hong Kong). However, contrary to all expectations the left-hander beat Jiang 4:2 and then went on to overwhelm Feng 4:1 before she dominated Pavlovich in the quarter-final in sheer impressive style. It wasn´t until she came up against Butterfly´s Shen Yanfei in the battle for a place in the final that the Romanian star came close to defeat. However, here she succeeded in maintaining the upper hand, winning 11:9 in the deciding game.

The European representatives not only exploited the absence of a second Chinese player with Guo Yue unable to compete due to neck problems, but also profited from the poor performance by last year´s bronze medallist, Tie Yana. Europe therefore rose to the challenge against the otherwise overpowering Asian competition, providing four quarter-finalists and two semi-finalists for the first time ever.

With their triumphs at the World Cup 2012 the Butterfly stars Samara and Shen Yanfei along with Viktoria Pavlovich and Daniela Dodean have clearly underlined their medal aspirations for the European Championships in Herding (17th – 21st October).

The results

Liu Shiwen CHN - Elizabeta Samara ROU 4:0 (6,7,3,3)

Bronze medal match
Shen Yanfei ESP - Feng Tianwei SIN 4:3 (5,-5,-2,-6,8,5,9)

Liu Shiwen - Feng Tianwei 4:1 (8,-8,9,8,4)
Elizabeta Samara - Shen Yanfei 4:3 (-6,9,11,8,-5,-9,9)

The competitors in Huangshi

(Players sponsored by Butterfly are highlighted)

LIU Shiwen (CHN), representing Asia

LI Jiao (NED), representing Europe

HSING Ariel (USA), representing North America

LI Chunli (NZL), representing Oceania

KUMAHARA Caroline (BRA), representing Latin America

EDEM Offiong (NGR), representing Africa

EKHOLM Matilda (SWE), ITTF wild card

FENG Tianwei (SIN), qualified through world rankings

GUO Yue (CHN), qualified through world rankings

TIE Yana (HKG), qualified through world rankings

WU Jiaduo (GER), qualified through world rankings

SHEN Yanfei (ESP), qualified through world rankings

PAVLOVICH Viktoria (BLR), qualified through world rankings

DANG Yeseo (KOR), qualified through world rankings

JIANG Huajun (HKG), qualified through world rankings

YU Mengyu (SIN), qualified through world rankings

SAMARA Elizabeta (ROU), qualified through world rankings

DODEAN Daniela (ROU), qualified through world rankings

LIU Jia (AUT), qualified through world rankings