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Wang Hao Deserves To Be In The 2013 World Championships (Videos)

Wang Hao Deserves To Be In The 2013 World Championships (Videos)
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The three-time Olympic silver medalist Wang Hao was one of the stars in the recently concluded 2013 World Championships Squad Trials of the Chinese Men's Team in Zhenjiang. Having to almost defeat Zhang Jike in the first round and surviving a night of long battles, Wang Hao can convincingly showed everyone that he deserves to be in the lineup of the Men's Singles in Paris. According to his personal coach, if Wang Hao played like the one in the trials in the Olympics, he could have won. 

 

Sina Sports. The 2013 World Championships Squad Trials ended with Wang Hao being the very player of the Chinese Team to take the last seat available for the Men's Singles in Paris. Although Wang Hao wasn't able to win in his first try, what's important is that he realised the main purpose of the competition. 

Wang Hao belonged to Group B with Zhang Jike and Chen Qi for the first round of the trials and battled it out last March 2 in Zhenjiang. That day, Wang Hao had a good opener after he won in 3-1 against Chen Qi. Eventually, he had the momentum to fight against an old rival Zhang Jike. 

Wang Hao vs Chen Qi 2013 WTTC Squad Trials (3rd stage)
video kindly shared by TTJanus

In the past encounters in world competitions, Wang Hao wasn't able to play really well against Zhang Jike but on that day, Wang Hao had a chance forcing his opponent to a decider. However, Wang Hao's efforts did not earn him the qualification for Paris. It was Zhang Jike who won with a score of 3-2. 

Wang Hao vs Zhang Jike 2013 WTTC Squad Trials (3rd stage)
video kindly shared by TTJanus

After the match, although Wang Hao lost, a lot actually saw a different Wang Hao in the match, someone who played really well compared to the previous encounters against Zhang Jike. One of them was Wang Hao's personal coach, Wu Jingping. 

In an interview, coach Wu said that his disciple has played his best. "If Wang Hao was able to play like this in the Olympics, I think there could certainly be an opportunity (for him winning the Olympic gold)!." Wu Jingping said. 

However, despite some bright moments in the match, the bottom line was still Wang Hao lost. According to Wu Jingping, the reason behind was the lack of comprehensive training and it was clear that Wang Hao's physical energy declined which made him at some point weaker than Zhang Jike. 

Wang Hao may have lost the qualification at first try but he redeemed himself after surviving the last night of the competition where he had to go through a playoff. At the end, Wang Hao sealed the last seat for the 2013 World Championships Men's Singles in Paris. 

Wang Hao vs Fan Zhendong 2013 WTTC Squad Trials (3rd stage)
video kindly shared by TTJanus

Wang Hao vs Hao Shuai 2013 WTTC Squad Trials (3rd stage)
video kindly shared by TTJanus

"This competition system is indeed exciting with big surprises and challenges. The playoffs put the psychological strength and the abilities of players under critical situations into a test. This will certainly help us for the real competition in Paris!" Wang Hao concluded.  

Photo source: kaixian.tv

 

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