Wang reaches semi-finals in style

Men’s Singles: Quarter-finals

Wang Chuqin was immaculate in his 4-0 victory over Chinese compatriot Zhao Zihao, needing just over 26 minutes to complete the job (11-6, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5).

The 19-year-old was especially impressive on his serve, winning 23 points across the four games. Zhao sadly was not up for the speed of Wang’s shots and felt the match slip away with each point. This result means Wang will meet Xu Xin conqueror Liang Jingkun in the semi-finals.

Focused on the win, is Wang Chuqin.
Liang wins a major Xu scalp

Men’s Singles: Quarter-finals

The morning session in Eriksdalshallen could not have been more frantic to start with, as two Chinese athletes collided in a supreme show of competitive nature in the sport. Liang Jingkun came out on top with a powerful 4-2 win over world #1 Xu Xin (11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6).

For the first 25 minutes, it was all about Liang’s pace and poise around the table as Xu looked to be a shadow of himself. That third straight loss of a game woke him up and saw Xu win two games back to back. But it was to be in vain, as Liang channeled his early strength to serve out the final game and claim a well deserved spot in the semi-finals.

“I had a really good start; Xu Xin was not in a good shape today. Xu Xin recovered in the fourth and fifth games; I made many mistakes, mainly because Xu Xin was more positive and made changes to the play. Last year I lost to Fan Zhendong in the quarter-finals; since then I’ve been really pleased with my performances except for the recent Asian Championships when I lost to Jeoung Youngsik.” Liang Jingkun

Let the games begin!

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