Even with Bengtsson gone, it seemed certain that the competition would result in another victory for the Europeans. By the quarterfinals there were still seven of them left and only one Asian, China's Hsi En-ting.
Yet for the West one was one too many. Playing Sweden's Kjell Johansson in the finals, En-ting dropped two of the first three games, then rallied to take the fourth. Leading 19-18 in the final, he won the match when two successive returns nicked the edge of the table for unreturnable winners. As far as singles are concered, Europe must sing another chorus of the wait-till-next-time blues.