3/26/2018 4:45:01 PM (GMT+3)

Ma wins record fifth ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open

Ma wins record fifth ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open

BREMEN, Germany: Reigning world and Olympic champion Ma Long won a record fifth German Open at the ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open on Sunday.

The former world No.1, whose world ranking fell due to inactivity in 2017, was determined to make a strong return in the international stage.

The fifth seeded Chinese was in dominant form throughout the tournament, eliminating other world top stars including Japan's Jun Mizutani and home favourite Timo Boll enroute to the final.
The 29-year-old defeated compatriot Xu Xin in the singles final 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6. 

“I’m very happy with this victory, especially after missing out on the World Tour for nine months. Germany is a lucky country for me, and Bremen a lucky city. I’m happy to be back and thank you everyone for supporting me here,” said Ma. “Both of us played at a very high level today, especially in the first 4 games where it all ended with 11-9. Overall I think I handled the crucial moments better to gold on to the opportunity.”
With his victory, Ma is now another step closer to evergreen Vladimir Samsonov's 27 ITTF World Tour record, with a total of 25 World Tour titles under his belt.