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  • 13Dec

    Four Chinese players in the top half of the draw in the Men’s
    Singles event at the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in Macau and,
    following the opening round matches on Friday 12th December 2008, there
    are still four Chinese men in the top half of proceedings.

    All four duly won their opening round matches to book their places in the quarter-finals.

    The man to start to juggernaut rolling was Chen Qi.

    He beat Korea’s Ryu Seung Min, the 2004 Olympic Men’s Singles.
    Victories
    Chen Qi won 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 and was soon followed by victories for Ma Lin, Wang Liqin and Ma Long.

    Ma
    Lin overcame Korea’s Joo Se Hyuk 11-2, 11-5, 11-2, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7
    whilst Wang Liqin overpowered Hong Kong’s Cheung Yuk and in similar
    vein Ma Long dominated matters against Yoon Jae Young also of Korea.

    Clash of Styles
    The
    fast attacking left hander is not Ryu Seung Min’s ideal cup of tea; he
    doesn’t have the best record in the world against that style of play.
    Chen Qi, who has the habit of playing one game at super human level and
    then the next like a human being, maintained a consistent level
    throughout the duel.

    He directed his first attacks towards the
    body of Ryu Seung Min, who strained every bone in his body to unleash
    his fearsome forehand; the accuracy of the Chinese star’s attacks made
    it almost impossible for the Speedy Gonzales of table tennis to execute
    his forehand.

    In straight games, Chen Qi prevailed.

    Ma Lin
    Victory for Chen Qi, then it was the turn of Ma Lin.

    He
    started like an express train against Joo Se Hyuk; he followed the
    instructions of coach, Qin Zhijian, to the full; block any Joo Se Hyuk
    attacks and attack with venom from the forehand.

    In the early
    part of the match Ma Lin made few errors; he followed the traditional
    Chinese tactic of timing the ball early to give his adversary little
    time and soon he had a three games to nil lead.

    Korean Responds
    Joo Se Hyuk had been overwhelmed but to his credit he responded.

    The
    defensive strokes were returned with more surety and he attacked with
    his long dynamic forehand with venom. He forced errors; he put doubts
    in the mind of Ma Lin as he had when beating the Chinese star at the
    Salwa Cup Kuwait Open earlier in the year.

    However, after losing
    the fourth and fifth games, Ma Lin re-grouped, he minimised the
    unforced errors and in six games emerged victorious.

    Overpowered
    Next
    of the Chinese male quartet to finish was Ma Long; he simply
    overpowered the left handed Yoon Jae Young, attacking the backhand of
    the Korean with his long raking forehand at every opportunity.

    Ma Long succeeded 11-3, 11-9, 11-2, 13-11.

    Wang Liqin
    One left hander beaten by a Chinese star and a second soon followed with Wang Liqin overcoming Cheung Yuk.

    The
    reigning World champion was in no mood for charity; the master of the
    counter topspin he won in five games to join his colleagues in a
    situation where all four quarter-finalists in the top half of the draw
    from China.

    Top Half, Quarter-Finals
    It is Ma Lin versus Chen Qi and Wang Liqin against Ma Long.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 11:16 pm

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