Chinese rule the roost

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Table tennis

Kong Linghui, the world champion, landed the English Open men's singles title at the Kettering Arena yesterday. Kong, the 20-year-old from China, defeated his team-mate and world No 3 Wang Tao 12-21, 14-21, 21-14, 21- 14, 21-14 in a final that lacked the thrills of most five-setters because the players knew so much about each other's games.

China also triumphed in the women's singles and doubles finals, with Yang Min victorious in both. Yang defeated Taiwan's Chen Jing in the singles, and then teamed up with Wang Hui to edge past her team-mates Li Ju and Wu Na for the doubles title.