PARIS-2013

China Will Regain The Lost Territory In Paris (Video)

China Will Regain The Lost Territory In Paris (Video)
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The 2013 World Championships is just around the corner as we have entered the month of May. 10 years ago, a surprising result in the competition took place as no Chinese players reached the final stage of the Men's Singles. At that time, the Austrian Warner Schlager was the champion. This year, head coach Liu Guoliang and the rest of the Chinese Team will be back in Paris and their main goal is to recover the lost territory. 

 

Shenyang Daily. The Chinese Team will be in full force in the upcoming 2013 World Championships to be held in Paris on the 13th of May. As the head coach of the Chinese Team, Liu Guoliang is aiming to redeem their loss ten years ago. 

May 19, 2003, the 47th World Championships took place in Paris, France with the Chinese Team having the reigning world champion Wang Liqin. In addition to Wang Liqin, the team also had the reigning Olympic champion Kong Linghui, Ma Lin, Wang Hao, Qiu Yike and Liu Guozheng. 

Despite the strong lineup of the Chinese Team, no one was successful to reach the finals. The defending champion was defeated by Werner Schlager in the quarterfinals and the second seed Ma Lin also lost to the South Korean Joo Sae Hyuk in the same round. Schlager also defeated Kong Linghui in the semifinals. 

Werner Schlager vs Kong Linghui 2003 WTTC MS SF (1/4)
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Werner Schlager vs Kong Linghui 2003 WTTC MS SF (2/4)
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Werner Schlager vs Kong Linghui 2003 WTTC MS SF (3/4)
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Werner Schlager vs Kong Linghui 2003 WTTC MS SF (4/4)
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Eventually, Schlager and Joo were the two persons who reached the finals with the Austrian player winning the title at the end. 

Werner Schlager vs Joo Sae Hyuk 2003 WTTC MS Finals
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"After a long period of time, we were actually walking on thin ice in every game." Liu Guoliang revealed. 

10 years after, the World Championships will be back to Paris and the Chinese Team will once again be in full force. Being the first World Championships for Liu Guoliang as the head coach, he said: "The Chinese Table Tennis Team will recover the lost territory in the Men's Singles Finals!" 

Photo source: sports.qq.com

 

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