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Wang Qiang…on top of the podium in women’s tennis.
Wang’s golden memories from Asian Games and Korea

30 Sep 2014
By Kimleng Tieng, OCA Young Reporter, Cambodia

Incheon, Korea: China’s Wang Qiang celebrated National Day one day early by winning the Asian Games women’s singles tennis final at Yeorumul Tennis Courts on Tuesday afternoon. Under a blazing sun on centre court, the 22-year-old second seed beat Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum, the top seed, in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in 1 hour 50 minutes.

“This is my first Asian Games and my first time to play in Korea so I will be leaving with happy memories,” said the gold medal-winner. “It is also an honour to win the gold medal for China the day before our National Day. This victory will give me great motivation for the future on the professional tour.”

Wang broke serve on two occasions to win the first set 6-3 in only 42 minutes but had to recover from a slow start in the second set to recover from 0-2, 1-3 and 2-4 down to pull level at 4-4 and going on to win the tiebreaker.

A member of the Shanghai tennis team, Wang took up the game aged nine in Tianjin. Her mother wanted her to become stronger and healthier when she was a child, so encouraged her to start playing tennis.

Wang is ranked 106th in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association and hopes this Asian Games gold medal can be the launch pad for a rise up the standings as China looks for a new star in women’s tennis following the retirement of the legend Li Na.
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