China sweeps the women’s semifinal berths in the WTT Cup Finals

China sweeps the women's semifinal berths in the WTT Cup Finals

, China, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — Chinese women paddlers showed their dominance by taking all the semi-final spots at the World Table (WTT) Cup Finals here on Friday.

Wang Manyu recorded the same score of 11-4 in three games to dispatch , helping her win over the Japanese ace in the final of the World Championships earlier in October.

“Every time I play Ito, I have to make full preparations and play at a high level. She is an opponent who deserves a lot of respect,” Wang said.

Wang’s opponent in the semifinals will be Olympic champion Chen Meng, who got past compatriot 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

comfortably outclassed Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.

“She has shown her qualities, so I tried to avoid getting into her rhythm, which was the key to my success today,” commented Wang Yidi.

World No. 1 Sun Yingsha overpowered Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa 11-6, 11-4, 11-7.

“Ishikawa has good game reading skills. I was fully prepared for all the difficulties before this match,” noted Sun.

, the men’s world No. 1, suffered an early elimination in the tournament. After a first-round bye, Fan fell to Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov after a full game in his first match in Xinxiang, central China’s Henan province.

Fan came out of the gate winning the first game 11-4, but found themselves down 1-2 after three games. Despite his efforts to force the deciding game by going victorious 11-7 in the fourth, top-ranked Fan dropped the decider 11-6 to crash out of contention.

Ovtcharov next faces Japan’s , who edged past Germany’s in straight games.

Fan’s teammates Ma Long and advanced to the semifinals.

Olympic gold medalist Ma shared the spoils with Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei in the first two games, before overcoming a 3-7 deficit in the third to reel off eight straight points to win. But a resilient Lin took the fourth game 11-8 to take the match to a decider, with Ma regrouping and racing to a 5-0 lead en route to an 11-3 victory to secure her place in the last four.

“I played well in the first and fifth games, while I struggled a bit in other games. Fortunately, I took the chance when I got into the third game,” admitted Grand Slam winner Ma.

In a match of two prodigies, Wang Chuqin overcame Truls Moregard 11-8, 11-3, 15-13, following his semi-final win over the Swedish opponent in the WTT Champions Macao last week.

Wang paid his compliments to Moregard after the match. “He has many advantages that we need to learn from, including his striking touch, inspiration and game reading. He has his own rhythm, which makes it difficult for you to follow during the match,” Wang said.

Ma and Wang will battle for the final spot on Saturday.


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