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  • 22Feb

    Germany’s Timo Boll overcame Hong Kong’s Tang Peng at the semi-final
    stage of the Men’s Singles event at the Qatar Open in Doha on Friday
    20th February 2009 and thus prevented a semi-final line up of players
    who learnt their trade in China.

    Seeded no.3, Boll secured an impressive straight games victory. He won 11-4, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5.

    It
    was the third time in a world ranking event that the two had met and it
    was the third time that the German had won. Furthermore, it was the
    most comfortable of the three duels.
    In 2002 when Tang Peng, who hails from Beijing, was a member of the
    Chinese national team, Boll won a close seven games duel at the
    quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event at the Korean Open.

    Seven Years Later
    Seven
    years ago but there most recent meeting is much less distant. They met
    one week ago in Kuwait when Boll clinched victory in six games in the
    second round of the Men’s Singles event.

    Clearly, the German had
    learnt from previous encounters; in Qatar he was never in trouble, his
    fast forehand topspin was in good order and when directed diagonally
    into the body of Tang Peng dividends were reaped.

    Revenge
    Also learning from the Kuwait experience was Wang Liqin.

    One
    week ago he was beaten by Korea’s Joo Se Hyuk in the third round of the
    Men’s Singles event; one week later he extracted revenge.

    In
    Qatar he was that vital few degrees more patient, he made less unforced
    errors and he was out to prove a point; in six previous meetings with
    Joo Se Hyuk in world ranking events, the only defeat had been in Kuwait.

    Record Maintained
    Defeat
    for Korea in the guise of Joo Se Hyuk at the expense of China and there
    was a second reverse in the same scenario. Ma Lin accounted for Yoon
    Jae Young. He won in four straight games (11-9, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7) to
    record his third career victory in international tournaments against
    the Korean.

    Furthermore, he maintained his record of never
    having surrendered a single game to Yoon Jae Young. In June 2001 he won
    in straight games in the second round of the Men’s Singles event at the
    Panasonic China Open; in the same round seven years later at the
    Volkswagen Open China he won again without the loss of a single game.

    In Doha he prevailed 11-9, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7.

    Semi-Finals
    At the semi-final stage Ma Lin meets Wang Liqin whilst Timo Boll confronts Hao Shuai; he overcame Xu Xin in five games.

    He won their first ever duel in a world ranking event 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 6:24 pm

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