Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha of China beat Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei ©World Table Tennis

Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha of China beat Chinese Taipei duo Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching in the mixed doubles final at the 2022 World Table Tennis (WTT) Singapore Smash.

Chuqin and Yingsha won the competition with a scoreline of 11-3, 12-10, 11-4. 

"During the match we performed up to our standard and we communicated well, and we also like the (red) colour of the trophy very much and hope to be able to continue to win more trophies in this competition," said mixed doubles champion Yingsha.

"We encouraged each other well and the chemistry was good, and kudos to Wang Chuqin who was quick to adapt mentally and physically as the match progressed."

In the men’s singles, Germany’s Patrick Franziska managed to beat world number 10 Xu Xin 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, marking his first win over the Chinese after 10 previous losses.

"I still cannot believe it, I’ve played him several times and I never beat him," Franziska said.

"If I had lost this [the third game], I probably would have lost the fourth also.

"At 9-9, he missed two quite easy forehands and this gave me a little bit of confidence again that he’s human today."

Franziska will meet world number one Fan Zhendong in the quarterfinals to be played at the Infinity Arena tomorrow.

"Right now I don’t have any strategy, it gets harder each time," he said.

"But I will take a massage as always first of all, and then tonight or tomorrow morning I will try to make a strategy on how to make his life hard tomorrow."

  Germany’s Patrick Franziska impressed at the Singapore Smash ©World Table Tennis
Germany’s Patrick Franziska impressed at the Singapore Smash ©World Table Tennis

Among women, Japanese pair Mima Ito and Hina Hayata earned an 11-5, 8-11, 15-13, 11-13, 11-9 win over Bernadette Szocs of Romania and Sofia Polcanova of Austria in the women’s doubles semi-final.

"It was a really close match today; we were actually leading 5-3 in the fifth game," said Hayata.  

"At that time we were doing our combination tactics very well.   

"Even though it went from 10-6, then 10-9, we still believed that we could win the match at that point because we were actually playing well and we managed to close out the match, so that was good."

Ito and Hayata will fight against Wang Manyu and Sun Yingsha of China for the women’s doubles title.

The Chinese pair defeated favourites Ni Xia Lian and Sarah De Nutte of Luxembourg 11-8, 11-5, 11-5. 

"We are very proud with this semi-final (performance)," said De Nutte.

"We proved again that we are one of the best doubles in the world, which is very nice and even though we lost today, we are happy and proud with this result."

Other results include women’s world number one Sun Yingsha of China claiming a 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 victory over compatriot and 2019 world champion Liu Shiwen.

Japanese world number eight Kasumi Ishikawa beat world number twelve Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei by 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-1, while Sofia Polcanova of Austria secured an 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 victory over Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut.

Kristian Karlsson of Sweden defeated Benedikt Duda of Germany 6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 and Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei beat Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic 11-4, 11-3, 11-9.

The tournament is set to conclude on Sunday (March 20) and boasts a $2 million (£1.5 million/€1.75 million) prize money, which is the biggest prize at an officially sanctioned table tennis competition.