Zhang Chao and Cao Zhen capture gold in mixed doubles

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Zhang Chao and Cao Zhen (R) of China hold the champion cup during the awarding ceremony of the final of mixed doubles against their compatriots Hao Shuai and Mu Zi in World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 13, 2011. Zhang Chao and Cao Zhen won 4-1 to claim the champion of the event. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

Zhang Chao and Cao Zhen won the mixed doubles title at the World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam on Friday.

The number two seeded pair from China beat their top seeded compatriots Hao Shuai and Mu Zi 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8. Cao Zhen defended her title successfully, because in 2007 she already became champion together with Li Ping.

Zhang Chao thought they did not even play on their maximum level.

"We played to eighty percent of our ability, but it was enough to beat these top players. They did not play very well, maybe just thirty or forty percent," he said.

His partner Cao Zhen agreed with that. "I think they might have some mental problem. When I was shaking hands with Hao before the match I felt his hand was quite cool."

Hao Shuai admitted they were not showing their best form in the final. "They played very well, above their normal level," he said. "I think we might have some kind of a mental problem. Actually we had prepared very well, but the situation changed very fast. Although we had prepared very well and enough we lost the game."

In the women's singles tournament the only non-Chinese player in the quarter-final, Feng Tianwei from Singapore, was knocked out of the tournament. She lost 11-3, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 to Ding Ning.

Top seed Li Xiaoxia beat Wu Yang 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6, Liu Shiwen surprised number two seed Guo Yan by winning 11-3, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 and Guo Yue defeated Fan Ying in seven games: 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-4. Later on Friday Li Xiaoxia will meet Guo Yue, while Ding Ning will play against Liu Shiwen.

Source: Xinhua
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