A slogan to support the Chinese city of Wuhan is displayed on an advertising board during the Table Tennis German Open mixed final between China's Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin and Japan's Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani in Magdeburg, Germany, Feb 1, 2020. (SWEN PFOERTNER / DPA VIA AP)
We did win the game but not in an easy way, we're a bit nervous in the first world tournament this season. We could have done some details better under the pressure.
Xu Xin, table tennis player
In the match between the Asian veteran pairs, Xu/Liu pulled off the first game 12-10, despite being down 9-10. The lead doubled for Xu/Liu, as they won the second game 13-11 in 10 minutes. The top Japanese mixed doubles duo hit back in the third game, winning 11-7.
In the supreme display of their tandem, Xu and Liu kept up their barrage of shots on their opponents, not giving them any room to work with at all and winning the first gold medal here in Germany 12-10, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7.
With the victory though, the Chinese pair seemed not to be satisfied with their performance. "I had some mistakes in responding the serves and did not take control the pace of the games," said Liu, "sometimes I was a bit hesitated but not stable enough at the table."
"We did win the game but not in an easy way," said Xu, "we're a bit nervous in the first world tournament this season. We could have done some details better under the pressure."
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