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2013 China Open: Kenta Matsudaira Persists Into The Main Draw (Videos)

2013 China Open: Kenta Matsudaira Persists Into The Main Draw (VIDEOS)
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The Japanese Kenta Matsudaira was a breath of fresh air in the 2013 World Championships showing an impressive form and unique talents in the competition. Since he was able to catch the attention of everyone, he paid the price in the qualification stage of the China Open Men's Singles after he was greatly challenged by Hampus Nordberg. 

 

ITTF. The qualification stage of the 2013 China Open has ended today, June 13 in Changchun with the successful qualifiers earning their seat in the main draw. One of the rightful winners was Kenta Matsudaira who survived a challenging match. 

Kenta Matsudaira caught our attention in the 2013 World Championships with his new and effective style of play. This eventually made him a focus for some players in this week's China Open. 

Yesterday, Kenta Matsudaira had his opening battle in Changchun against Harmeet Desai of India. The match lasted in six sets before the young Japanese player achieved victory. Today, he met more challenge from Hampus Nordberg of Sweden. 

Matsudaira actually started well in the match with a 2-0 lead. However, Nordberg found his momentum in the third set with a convincing point of 11-5. The Japanese did not lose his control and maintained his lead to 3-1. Despite the efforts from the Japanese paddler, Nordberg stayed focus and determined which gave him two more sets. 

Nordberg did not back down until the very end but it was Kenta Matsudaira who prevailed in the narrowest of margins. He won in 4-3 (11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 12-10). 

The qualifying round ended with expected results. The leaders of each team played well and overcame the lower ranking players. However, for Sharath Kamal Achanta of India, his fate was different. He was defeated by Turkish Ahmet Li in five sets, 8-11, 7-11, 12-14, 11-4, 8-11. 

Here are the list of successful qualifiers for the Men's Singles: 

Ma Liang (SIN), Patrick Franziska (GER), Alexey Smirnov (RUS), Ahmet Li (TUR), Tiago Apolonia (POR), Grigory Vlasov (RUS), Kristian Karlsson (SWE), Li Hu (SIN), Kim Jung Hoon (KOR), Yang Zi (SIN), Kirill Skachkov (RUS), Kaii Yoshida (JPN), Kang Dong Soo (KOR), Alexey Liventsov (RUS), Chen Feng (SIN). 

The first round of the Singles event will take place tomorrow, June 14, 16:00 Beijing time. 

Kaii Yoshida vs Ma Liang Video kindly shared by ittfchannel

Wu Zhikang vs Mak King Ho Video kindly shared by ittfchannel

Jin Takuya vs Park Chan-Hyeok  Video kindly shared by ittfchannel

Fen Xiaoquan vs Mizuki Oikawa Video kindly shared by ittfchannel

Photo source: sports.sohu.com

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