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  • 24Nov

    The host nation’s Timo Boll made the most of his third round reprieve against Adrian Crisan at the Erke German Open on Saturday 22nd November 2008 by posting a convincing quarter-final victory against Japan’s Kaii Yoshida later in the day.

    Timo Boll won 11-2, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4. 

    Success for the no.1 seed and also for the no.3 seed, Chuan Chih-Yuan; he beat the Czech Republic’s Petr Korbel to secure his place in the round of the last four.

    Chuan Chih-Yuan succeeded 5-11, 11-4, 13-11, 5-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4.

    First Meeting
    It was the first time that Timo Boll had confronted Kaii Yoshida in a world ranking tournament and he showed no mercy. 

    Style Suited German
    The style of Kaii Yoshida proved very much to be to the liking of the German. 

    He is a right handed penhold grip player who uses one side of the racket only; it is a style in many ways similar to that of Korea’s Ryu Seung Min, a player against whom Timo Boll has won time and time again.

    In fact in world ranking events, Timo Boll has suffered defeat on only one occasion against the Korean, that being in the 2007 Liebherr World Championships in Zagreb.

    Barren Spell Over
    Meanwhile for Chuan Chih-Yuan against Petr Korbel it was a reversal of recent fortunes in world ranking events and the first time that he had won in seven years!

    He won their encounter in February 2001 in the first stage of the European Champions League but then lost in their next three duels.

    In April 2004 he was beaten by Korbel in the Men’s Team event at the World Championships, then in November 2004 in the Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr German Open he lost in five games in round three whilst in February 2006 at the Liebherr Qatar Open, he suffered a seven games reverse in the quarter-finals.

    Cheung Yuk in Form
    Success for the first and third seeds and there was also success for the fourth seeded player.

    Hong Kong’s Cheung Yuk ended the progress of Poland’s Wang Zeng Yi; he won in five games succeeding 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 7-11.

    In similar vein to the victory of Timo Boll against Kaii Yoshida it was a shakehands grip left hander beating a traditional right handed penholder.

    Second Meeting
    It was the second time that Cheung Yuk and Wang Zeng Yi had met in a world ranking event; it was the second time that Cheung Yuk had won.

    He succeeded in September 2005 in the first stage of matches in the European Champions League.

    Jiang Tianyi Beats Gao Ning
    Victory for Hong Kong and in the one match in the Men’s Singles quarter-finals where the lower ranked player won, it was more success for Hong Kong. Jiang Tianyi, seeded no13, defeated Singapore’s Gao Ning, seeded no.5.

    Jiang Tianyi recovered from a three games to nil deficit to win 7-11, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9.

    Third Encounter
    The meeting between Jiang Tianyi and Gao Ning was their third in world ranking events.

    Gao Ning won in April 2007 in the third round of the Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr Brazilian Open succeeding in six games but one year later in June 2008 at the Volkswagen Open Singapore the tables were turned.

    In the second round Jiang Tianyi won in seven games, in Berlin he did it again.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 1:05 pm

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