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Xu Xin & Yan An Challenged In The 2013 Asian Cup

Xu Xin & Yan An Challenged In The 2013 Asian Cup
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The 2013 Asian Cup was ushered with high intensity matches which challenged the team to beat, China. Especially in the men's division, both Xu Xin and Yan An were troubled in the opening day. While Xu Xin managed to get through his first match against South Korean Seo Hyun Deok, the promising Yan An was swept by Japanese Yuto Muramatsu in five sets. 

 

Sohu Sports. Table Tennis is very active recently as competitions take place one after another. Just days after the 2013 Korean Open, the best players from all over Asia gather around in Hong Kong for the 2013 Asia Table Tennis Cup. 

For this season's competition, the reigning champions from China, Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen is on duty to defend their titles. Xu Xin will be joined by Yan An while Liu Shiwen will be with Wu Yang. Originally, Ding Ning was supposedly to be in the lineup but was replaced by Liu Shiwen. 

Today, April 12 is the first day of the competition where the qualifying rounds took place and the defending champions posted success however such victories did not come easy especially for Xu Xin who met a more confident South Korean Seo Hyun Deok. Xu Xin was forced into a decider before sealing a 4-3 win (6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 4-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6). 

Meanwhile, it was a straight victory for Liu Shiwen, who is celebrating her 22nd birthday today. She accounted for Yu Mengyu in 11-8, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4. It is worth noting that it was Yu Mengyu who compromised Liu Shiwen's participation in the 2012 London Olympics. 

While top seeds gained success in their opening match, Yan An, on the other hand suffered defeat against a young Japanese player named Yuto Muramatsu. Just last weekend, Yan An caused an upset against Zhang Jike. This time around, he was the casualty. Yan An was defeated in 13-15, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 9-11. 

One more upset was recorded in the men's division after host Tang Peng was defeated by Iranian Noshad Alamiyan (5-11, 8-11, 10-12, 11-3, 4-11). The South Korean Seok Ha Jung also made a sensation in the women's side after winning over Japanese seed Kasumi Ishikawa in 4-1 (12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8).  

Hong Kong representative Tie Yana unfortunately had to withdrew due to injury. 

Photo source: sports.qq.com

 

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