Warm Up Match: Liu Shiwen And Ding Ning Advanced To The Finals

Warm up match: Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning advanced to the finals
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The Guoping’s warm up match in preparation for the upcoming WTTC continued yesterday, April 24, 2011 in Chengdu. For the women’s singles, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning advanced to the finals after defeating Li XiaoXia and Guo Yan respectively.

Liu Shiwen was challenged in her previous rounds: 4-3 against the teenager Chen Meng in the first round, and 4-2 against Guo Yue in the quarterfinals. Li Xiaoxia, on the other hand, didn’t encounter so much challenge in her previous matches.

Liu Shiwen started very well in the match. In the first match, Liu Shiwen was able to take a commanding lead in 6-3 and eventually reached the match point ahead of Li Xiaoxia. At the end of the first round, Liu Shiwen posted an 11-4 score. After the victory, Liu Shiwen’s confidence was at its optimum nailing the second and third round with an 11-8, 11-7 score respectively. At the end of the third round, Liu Shiwen is now one round closer to victory with 3-0.

After lagging behind Liu Shiwen, Li Xiaoxia was able to make her presence felt in the fourth round with a confident lead of 8-3. Liu Shiwen managed to close the deficit but it came late after Li Xiaoxia posted a close 11-9 win. In the fifth round, Li Xiaoxia started to gain her confidence and dominated the score board after posting an impressive 11-3 score. In the sixth round, Liu Shiwen came back into the game and exchanged attacks with Li Xiaoxia and reached several match points. However, Li Xiaoxia was determined to get through victory and leveled the score board in 3-3 after a 14-12 score. In the final round, Liu Shiwen came to her senses and ended the match to her favor with 11-7.

In the other semifinal match, Ding Ning advanced to the finals match after crushing Guo Yan in a straight 4-0 total score (11-4, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9).

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