Ma Long 4 - 1 Petr Korbel
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The super powers in this category are no other than the Chinese paddlers. Although, this time, some of them gave some opportunities to their opponents but still China posted overall success. Wang Hao nailed a sweep victory against Tan Ruiwu of Croatia. Ma Long, Ma Lin, Xu Xin and Hao Shuai all scored 4-1 while Zhang Jike gave away two rounds to the qualifier from Chinese Taipei Chen Chien An.
The fifth seed and the highest ranked European in the tournament Vladimir Samsonov also displayed a wonderful performance and swept Andrej Gacina, seeded in 32nd from Croatia.
In addition, the Germans also stood victorious as their seeded players all posted success. First on the list is the tenth seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov who was responsible for the exit of the only Austrian left in the competition Chen Weixing. Ovtcharov posted a 4-1 score against the host delegate.
Ovtcharov's teammates Bastian Steger and Patrick Baum also earned their places into the next round after posting 4-2 against Joao Monteiro of Portugal and Bojan Tokic of Slovenia respectively. The Russian and 26th seed Alexey Smirnov also joined the list of successful Europeans in the round after surviving the challenge from Yang Zi of Singapore
As for Japan, one of their seeded players fell out from the competition and he was Kenta Matsudaira who failed against the Chinese veteran Ma Lin in 1-4. Meanwhile, the highest ranking Japanese player Jun Mizutani crushed the 18th seed Kalinikos Kreanga of Greece.
The two players from the Korean camp, Ryu Seng Min and Oh Sang Eun both achieved success in the round. The ninth seed and Olympic champion Ryu Seing Min swept the Belorusian qualifier Evguenine Chtchetinine while Oh Sang Eun defeated Panagiotis Gionis of Greece in 4-1.
The eighth seed Chuang Chih Yuan of Chinese Taipei crushed the Japanese qualifier Kenji Matsudaira while Gao Ning posted 4-2 against Adrian Crisan of Romania. These two paddlers completed the list of victorious players who will advanace further into the competition.
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