China Invincible During Men Singles Quarterfinals (Videos)

China Invincible During Men Singles Quarterfinals (VIDEOS)
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Chinese seeds Ma Long, Zhang Jike, Xu Xin and Wang Liqin dominated the Men Singles Quarterfinal round of the 2012 China Open. Compared to the challenging matches in the previous round, Ma Long and Zhang Jike both had easier rounds this time against Chuang Chih Yuan and Jun Mizutani respectively. In addition, Shanghai hosts Wang Liqin and Xu Xin maintained their strength in the competition.

Ma Long CHN 4-1 Chuang Chih Yuan TPE 

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Top seed Ma Long was off with a powerful start in his match against the eighth seed Chuang Chih Yuan. Ma Long nailed an impressive 11-3 in the first set and control stayed in his side during the second set by winning 11-6. However, Chuang Chih Yuan fought hard in the third set and recovered with a tight 14-12. 

The fourth set was another intense game between Ma Long and Chuang Chih Yuan but it was the top seed who had the opportunities and managed to put himself ahead 3-1 after winning 12-10. The eighth seed did not give up in the fifth set but Ma Long was just determined not to give more opportunities. Eventually, Ma Long sealed the match with a 11-9 score. 

Wang Liqin CHN 4-1 Jiang Tianyi HKG 

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The last appearance of Wang Liqin in the arena was in the Asian Cup where he encountered an early defeat against the Iranian Noshad Alamiyan. This week in his hometown, Wang Liqin has a much longer exposure. Wang Liqin reached the quarterfinals and faced the Hong Kong seed Jiang Tianyi. 

Wang Liqin immediately had the control over the table and nailed the first two sets with 11-8 and 11-6. As for the third set, it belonged to the Hong Kong player Jiang Tianyi with 11-6. However, such result did not set the pace for the succeeding games in the match. Eventually, Wang Liqin sealed the match with two more sets in 11-6 and 11-4. 

Xu Xin CHN 4-0 Oh Sang Eun KOR

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In the previous round, the ninth seed and veteran Oh Sang Eun of South Korea caused one of two casualties suffered by the Chinese Team as he won against the Olympic champion Ma Lin. In the quarterfinal round against another Chinese paddler, Xu Xin, Oh Sang Eun was not off with a good start. 

The first two sets went to the Shanghai local with 11-5 and 11-5 respectively. In the third set, Oh Sang Eun played better as he surpassed the five-point mark. However, his performance was not good enough to break the momentum of Xu Xin. Indeed, the runner up in last week's Korea Open is making his way to the finals once again as he advances into the semifinals. 

Jun Mizutani JPN 1-4 Zhang Jike CHN 

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The second seed Zhang Jike and the highest ranked Japanese Jun Mizutani started the match with intensity. The first set was sealed with a tight 11-9 favoring the Japanese player. In the second set, Mizutani tried to catch up but came late as Zhang Jike leveled in 1-1 with another close encounter with 11-9. 

As the match progressed, the opening result did not set the pace in favor of Jun Mizutani while Zhang Jike maintained the control over the table. Eventually, the world champion scored 11-9, 11-7 and 14-12, sealing the match to his favor. This will result to another encounter between Zhang Jike and Xu Xin the semifinals. 

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