|Zhu Yuling of China serves to her compatriot Liu Shiwen during the final match of women's singles at the 2017 ITTF Women's World Cup in Markham, Canada, October 29, 2017. Zhu Yuling won 4-3 and claimed the title. [Xinhua/Zou Zheng]|
Zhu, who had swept Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei 4-0 in the semifinals, overcame early setbacks en route to winning 11-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10.
Liu built a quick 2-0 lead, but let Zhu take the following two sets. The former world No.1 regained the lead before Zhu made it even again in the sixth set.
In the deciding set, both players were fired up and the score went up to 10-10. A calm Zhu then nailed two points for the World Cup trophy, which was won by Japanese Miu Hirano in the absence of Chinese players in 2016.
Liu beat Hirano, also Asian champion, in the semifinals.
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