Taiwan's Chuang Chih-yuan wins men's singles title in U.S.

05/16/2022 12:01 PM
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Chuang Chih-yuan. CNA photo May 16, 2022
Chuang Chih-yuan. CNA photo May 16, 2022

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan's Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) clinched the men's singles title at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Feeder Westchester tournament in New York Sunday after defeating Benedikt Duda of Germany four games to three in the finals.

The 41-year-old Chuang, also known as the "godfather of table tennis" in Taiwan, edged out the 25-year-old Duda 3-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7 in 55 minutes and 54 seconds on Table 1 at Westchester Table Tennis Center.

The win was Chuang's first men's singles title since winning the 2016 International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest, and his second title at the WTT Feeder Westchester tournament in New York, following a win in the mixed doubles with compatriot Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽) Saturday.

The doubles title was the Taiwanese duo's second in the WTT Feeder Series events, after winning at the WTT Feeder Fremont in California on May 7.

Back at the men's singles title match Sunday, the world No. 25, Chuang, lost the first two games to the world No. 33 Duda, before battling back from 8-9 down to win the next three games.

From there, Chuang lost one more game to send the match into the decider. In the final match, Chuang led in front and found match point at 10-7 just before Duda sent the ball flying beyond the table to concede the match.

The WTT Feeder Westchester, held May 11-15, carried a total prize purse of US$20,000 (NT$596,176).

(By William Yen)

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