PARIS-2013

Zhang Jike Considers Boll His Strongest Opponent In Paris (Photos)

Zhang Jike Considers Boll His Strongest Opponent In Paris (Photos)
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As the reigning world champion, Zhang Jike participates in the upcoming World Championship in Paris and took off today with the rest of the Chinese Team to Austria for their adaptive training. In his interview during their send off this morning, Zhang Jike revealed that he is not planning of pressuring himself in Paris tis time. He said that he just wants to enjoy the opportunity to play and will fight match after match.  

 

Sohu Sports. Ten days before the upcoming 2013 World Championships in Paris, the Chinese Team took off this morning for Austria. During the send off, the reigning world champion Zhang Jike admitted that he is not having any pressure. 

At around ten in the morning, Zhang Jike and the rest of the team met their fans and the media outsie their apartment for their send off. Noticeably, Zhang Jike had a new haircut (with a V-shape mark at the back) making him look clean and fresh. 

With regards to his goal in Paris, Zhang Jike admitted that he is not planning to give himself much pressure in the competition. "I would just like myself to feel good to participate in the competition after all Paris is a very beautiful city. I do not want to give myself too much pressure. Right now, I will just be preparing and will not give much thought on the issue of defending the title." Zhang Jike revealed. 

"Actually, I haven't wished for the Grand Slam. The most important thing is to find the right feeling of the competition. I will fight round after round." He added. 

Ten years ago, the Chinese Team lost the Men's Singles title as no one from the Chinese Team reached the finals. Just as a reporter was probing his question on Zhang Jike, the reigning world champion immediately answered with a smile: "I did not participate in 2003." 

In addition, Zhang Jike has his eyes on the Germans Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov as his strongest opponents


Created with flickr slideshow.
Zhang Jike in the 2013 WTTC Send Off

 

Photo source: sports.sohu.com

 

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