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China's Guo Yan wins her first World Cup champion
2006-10-01 09:40:49 Xinhua English

URUMQI, Northwest China, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The second seed Guo Yan from China won her first World Cup champion here on Sunday, beating her teammate Zhang Yining, the reigning Olympic and World champion, 4-3.

Zhang, 24, was the winner in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 World Cup. Guo Yan, ranked third in the world, was her final opponent in the World Cup last year.

When they met in the final again, Guo played more aggressively against the world top-ranked player, though it was a pretty close contest. Guo beat Zhang 4-3 (13-15, 12-10, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8,11-6)

"I have learned a lot from this game," Guo Yan told the press conference, "I have become more mature and now I have stronger mentality than before."

Zhang Yining said, "I made few strategic changes in the match when I had a two-set advantage."

Guo Yan has never won any major single's title prior to this champion. She said, "This victory is of great importance to me, since I often finished second. Now, I believe I will be much more confident."

In the third-place playoff on Sunday, Singapore's Li Jia Wei beat Tie Yana of Hong Kong. Enditem

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