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Asia Defeated Europe In The 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge (1st Leg)! (Videos)

Asia Defeated Europe In The 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge (1st leg)! (Videos)
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The Asian Team was placed under pressure after the European players took the lead in the opening day of the 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge yesterday. However, that did not set the tone for today's proceedings as the Asian Team came for revenge. With such determination, the Asian Team overwhelmed their opponents with a 5-match winning streak. At the end of two days of competition, Asia won with a total of 7-3 score. 

 

Netease Sports. The Europeans stood supreme in the opening day of the 2013 Asia-Euro All Star Challenge yesterday as they took the lead in 3-2. Today, March 17, the Asian players had their revenge and turned the tide to their favour with a stunning 5-0. 

The first players into the arena were the Japanese Jun Mizutani and Marcos Freitas from Portugal. Yesterday, Jun Mizutani was one of the two players who successfully defended the Asian Team with a rather easy score of 3-1. Today, Mizutani was challenged as Marcos Freitas wanted a redemption from his painful defeat yesterday against Jiang Tianyi. 

Freitas successfully forced his opponent to the deciding set but he was not able to fully take advantage of such opportunity. At the end of the game, Mizutani sealed a 3-2 score (11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6), offering a very precious point for the Asian Team. 

Jun Mizutani vs Marcos Freitas 2013 Asia-Euro Challenge
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The second match was between Hong Kong's Jiang Tianyi and the Romanian Adrian Crisan. Jiang Tianyi was the other successful player among the Chinese Team. Having a good track record against the German superstar Timo Boll, Crisan is a strong opponent and got the opening set rather easily 11-2. 

Knowing that the Asian Team was in a dangerous place, Jiang Tianyi needed to recover as quick as possible. Indeed, against some resistance from Crisan, Jiang was able to take the succeeding sets with 12-10, 11-7, 11-8. At this point, Asia was in a 4-3 lead. 

Jiang Tianyi vs Adrian Crisan 2013 Asia-Euro Challenge
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Chuang Chih Yuan and the veteran Vladimir Samsonov were the next players into the arena. Yesterday, Samsonov got the other spotlight after overcoming the reigning world champion Zhang Jike. Today, he still had the control but it was not enough to have another successful performance. Chuang Chih Yuan got the match with 3-1 (11-4, 8-11, 12-10, 12-10). 

Chuang Chih Yuan vs Vladimir Samsonov 2013 Asia-Euro Challenge
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The host Zhang Jike was next on cue and he faced one of Europe's current table tennis stars Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Ovtcharov was victorious yesterday with a 3-0 against Chuang Chih Yuan while we all know Zhang Jike had the opposite fate. Today, Zhang Jike was ready for battle and all throughout, no opportunity was given to Ovtcharov. Zhang Jike won in 3-0. At this point, the Asian Team was already assured of a victory with a 6-3 total score. 

Zhang Jike vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov 2013 Asia-Euro Challenge
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The last game for the day was between Joo Sae Hyuk and Chen Weixing. Yesterday, Joo Sae Hyuk performed really poorly after losing in a crushing defeat from Adrian Crisan. Today, with not much pressure, Joo Sae Hyuk redeemed himself as well scoring 3-1 (11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 14-12). 

Joo Sae Hyuk vs Chen Weixing 2013 Asia-Euro Challenge
video kindly shared by TTJanus

At the end of two days of competition, the Asian Team stood supreme amidst the underlying challenge from their opponents from Europe. At this point, the hosting team won with 7-3 but later this year, the Europeans will have their opportunity to recover as the European leg is yet to unfold. 

Photo source: sports.sohu.com

 

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