Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia knocked off top seed and title-holder Ding Ning in a thrilling contest to reach the final of the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris on Saturday.
China's Li Xiaoxia waits for a serve from China's Wu Yang (R) on May 18, 2013 in Paris, during the quater-finals of the women's singles of the World Table Tennis Championships. Li won 8-11, 11-1, 4-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8.
Third seed Li had reduced Ding to tears after pipping her to the Olympic crown in London last August, and there was more heartbreak for the world number one as Li this time triumphed in the French capital with an exhilarating 8-11, 11-1, 4-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 victory.
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