Table tennis: China's Li Xiaoxia wins first world title

Li Xiaoxia and Liu Shiwen

China's Li Xiaoxia beat compatriot Liu Shiwen in Paris to win her first world title and complete a career grand slam.

Li had twice finished runner-up at the World Championships but finally took the title with an 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11 win at the Bercy Arena.

She adds the world title to the 2008 World Cup and the last August, completing her haul of the major titles.

"I won because of my really strong fighting spirit," said the 25-year-old.

"Thanks to it I can control myself and calm down as well as play stronger when I need to.

"I learned a lot from the London experience."

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