Table Tennis: Matsushita's Open
Tuesday 04 January 1994
Douglas, the title-holder, was beaten 21-19, 21-18 in the quarter-final by the man he beat in straight games in the team event the day before; Chen, the top seed, foundered 21-16, 21-7 in the semi-final; then Alan Cooke provided a trio of English victims for Matsushita when he was beaten
21-17, 21-17 in the final.
The fierceness of the pen- grip player's attacking, more potent than when he arrived in this country a week ago, places a different perspective upon the next two matches of the England v Japan series, at Grantham tonight and Bletchley tomorrow . Japan comfortably lost the first two matches last week.
Another Japanese player, Koyama Chire, won the women's singles by beating a former compatriot Tong Feiming in the final. Koyama, better known as He Zhili from China, who won the world title in 1987, has since married a coach in Osaka, but looked not far short of her old best in winning 21-14, 21-13.
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