Li Xiaoxia 4-1 Wu Yang
The first match in the women’s singles was between Chinese Li Xiaoxia and Wu Yang. The 23 year old Li Xiaoxia was just very fantastic throughout the round. She had an excellent control over the table making Wu Yang to move from both edges of the table. Wu Yang, on the other hand, managed to post some points but never close to winning a round. The right handed player, Li Xiaoxia won the first two rounds with an impressive 11-7, and 11-5 respectively.
In the third round, Wu Yang managed to have a close fight and tied in 6-6, then in 7-7. At this stage, Li Xiaoxia encountered unusual errors which also contributed to Wu Yang’s advantage in 8-8. Li Xiaoxiao managed to reach the match point with a two point difference in 10-8. However, Wu Yang slowly gained some confidence and saved two match points and tied 10-10.Wu Yang, this time, succeeded to overtake Li and posted 12-10.
Wu Yang, maintained her momentum and managed to lead in 8-4 in the fourth round, which made Li Xiaoxia to call for a timeout. When the match resumed, Li Xiaoxia immediately narrowed the lead to 6-8, then eventually closing the gap in 8-8. Li Xiaoxia ended the match to her favor with an 11-8 score. Li Xiaoxia finished the match after the fifth round in 11-6.
Guo Yue 4-3 Fan Ying
Another Chinese match in the quarterfinals for today – Guo Yue against Fan Ying. Recently, Guo Yue has been under a tremendous pressure to prove her capacity in the sport after being in the doldrums for some time. In this year’s championship, Guo Yue has been playing excellently in the earlier rounds. On the other hand, Fan Ying is becoming a rising star after posting a fantastic performance in the earlier rounds of the competition.
The first round went to the veteran Guo Yue who registered an easy 11-4 victory. In the second round, Fan Ying scored three more points than the previous round but still failed in the end against Guo yue in 7-11.
Fan Ying came into the third round a little bit aggressive and displayed excellent control over the table. Fan Ying nailed a very impressive 11-4. After the defeat, Guo Yue had several errors and was behind in 1-4 in the fourth round. However, Guo Yue immediately caught up and closed the gap to 6-7. This time, Fan Ying was more in control compared to Guo Yue. Fan Ying maintained her momentum and leveled in 2-2 after posting an 11-8 score.
Guo Yue came back in the fifth round in 11-5. In the sixth round, Fan Ying, ranked 24th in the world, took control over the table and forced Guo Yue to a full seven stretch match with another fantastic 11-5 score. After the tie in 3-3, Guo Yue was firing and grabbed the steering wheel from Fan Ying. Guo Yue successfully advanced further into the competition after an 11-4 score.
Guo Yue is scheduled to play the semifinals against her compatriot Li Xiaoxia later today, May 13, 2011.
Ding Ning 4-0 Feng Tianwei
Feng Tianwei was the only non Chinese player who reached the quarterfinals in the women’s singles. She was also responsible for the upset of the Chinese Nuping last year in Moscow. Ding Ning is currently ranked third in the world while Feng Tianwei is in sixth place.
With caution, Ding Ning played extremely aggressive and power. She took excellent control over the table and immediately released lethal attacks. Ding Ning didn’t give any opportunity for Feng Tianwei to score so much in an impressive 11-3. In the second round, Ding Ning allowed Feng Tianwei to score two more points compared to the previous round before scoring 2-0 with 11-5 score.
Feng Tianwei was completely powerless against the Chinese Ding Ning. In the third round, Ding Ning posted 11-6, then 11-4 in the fourth round. After this, the winners for the women’s singles will certainly be from China.
Liu Shiwen 4-0 Guo Yan
Guo Yan scored the first point at the start of the first round but Liu Shiwen quickly caught up and overtook in 8-3. Liu Shiwen displayed excellent form and scored an impressive 11-3.
Similar to the first round, Guo Yan scored the first two points at the start of the second round, with Liu immediately taking over the wheel in 3-2. The two players fought extremely close and tied in every level. This time, Guo Yan managed to exchange attacks with Liu however, for the second time in the match, Liu Shiwen won in a close 11-9.
Liu Shiwen played extremely opposite to her pleasant face. She maintained a great amount of confidence and momentum in the third round. She posted 3-0 against Guo Yan in another fantastic 11-5. In the fifth round, Guo Yan still fought very closely showing some signs of hope and caught up in 10-10. However, Liu Shiwen succeeded in ending the match in the fourth round with 12-10.
Liu Shiwen will face Ding Ning in the semifinals for the women’s singles later today in the Ahoy Arena.
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