ITTF. There was still a casualty recorded as the 2012 Liebherr's Men's World Cup continued its competition today with the remaining rounds of the qualifying stage.
Xu Xin vs Liam Pitchford
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The second seed Xu Xin continues to be consistent in his performance in the competition. Yesterday, Xu Xin convincingly won against Marcos Freitas and Vladimir Samsonov respectively. Today, Xu Xin came prepared for resistance from his opponent.
The host Liam Pitchford undoubtedly did all he can in the match. In a number of times, Pitchford showed resistance and was close to winning a set. However, Xu Xin was just a strong force to reckon with. Xu Xin did not give any chance and ultimately completed a sweep victory.
Xu Xin scored 12-10, 11-5, 12-10, 15-13 and finished first in their group with three wins.
Vladimir Samsonov vs Marcos Freitas
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Still in the same group, the Belorussian veteran Vladimir Samsonov was also in great condition for the competition. Today, Samsonov accounted for the defeat of the Portuguese Marcos Freitas. The score was 4-2, 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6.
Ultimately, Xu Xin and Vladimir Samsonov got their tickets into the next stage of the competition.
For the last group, merely looking at yesterday's results, players who will advance into the next stage can already be determined.
Dimitrij Ovtcharov has been doing really bad in the competition. Yesterday, he lost to both Michael Maze and Joo Sae Hyuk. This eventually placed him in an unfavorable position for the next stage of the competition.
Despite an unfortunate fate, the London Olympic bronze medalist still fought his best today. In fact, he nailed a sweep victory against Thiago Monteiro in a dominating 11-1, 11-2, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7. However, even though he won the last match, it was still unlikely for Ovtcharov to be in the next stage.
Meanwhile, the victors yesterday, Joo Sae Hyuk and Michael Maze had their battle of the fittest today. In their match, Michael Maze started more aggressive than his opponent. His vigorous topspins led him to a 3-1 lead.
However, the South Korean really lives on the saying "never say die." With the solid defensive skills, Joo Sae Hyuk was able to extend his exposure in the game as he successfully forced a decider.
Michael Maze vs Joo Saehyuk
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Eventually, Michael Maze did not allow himself not to reap what he has invested in the match. Michael Maze defeated Joo Sae Hyuk in a full stretch with 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 4-11, 11-6. Despite loss, Joo Sae Hyuk will still join Michael Maze into the next stage of the competition.
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