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Wang into final at table tennis worlds

Wang into final at table tennis worlds

Wang Liqin upset Olympic gold medalist Ma Lin in an all-Chinese match Monday to advance to the men's singles final at the table tennis world championships.
Wang, seeded fifth, needed the full seven sets for an 11-5, 12-14, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 win over the second-seeded Ma.
Wang will face top-seeded Wang Hao of China in Tuesday's final at Yokohama Arena. Wang Hao defeated third-seeded Ma Long 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 in another all-China semifinal.
China won all the table tennis gold medals at last year's Beijing Olympics and is assured of sweeping the podium at the worlds in both men's and women's singles.
In women's singles, Olympic champion Zhang Yining advanced to the final with a six-set win over Liu Shiwen.
The top-seeded Zhang beat Liu 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8 and will meet second-seeded Guo Yue in Tuesday's final.
Defending champion Guo defeated third-seeded Li Xiaoxia of China 11-8, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9 in the other semifinal.
In the men's doubles semifinals, the Chinese pair of Ma Long and Xu Xin defeated Japan's Jun Mizutani and Seiya Kishikawa 11-6, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5.
Mizutani and Kishikawa settled for the bronze medal, Japan's first medal in 12 years at the worlds.
Ma and Xu will play Chen Qi and Wang Hao of China for the title. Chen and Wang defeated Chinese pair Zhang Jike and Hao Shuai 4-1 in the other semifinal.
In women's doubles, China's Dang Ning and Guo Yan defeated South Korea's Kim Kyung-ah and Park Mi-young 11-3, 11-9, 12-14, 12-10, 12-10.
Kim and Park took the bronze medal.
Guo and Li won the other semifinal with an 11-8, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 win over Jiang Huajun and Tie Yana of Hong Kong.


Updated : 2021-04-15 03:04 GMT+08:00