Sina Sports. The 2013 Asian Championships ended with the reigning Men's Singles champion Ma Long successfully defending his title against Yan An in a convincing final match last weekend in Busan. This makes Ma Long a true King in Asian table tennis.
It only took four straight sets for Ma Long to defeat Yan An in the final match last July 7. Throughout the battle, Ma Long has never ceased to change his playing style making it more difficult for his promising young opponent to read him. Eventually, Ma Long won his third consecutive Asian Championships Men's Singles title, a record breaking performance in history.
Ma Long vs Yan An 2013 Asian Championships MS Finals
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Aside from the Asian Championships, Ma Long also has titles from the Asian Cup and Asian Games making him a Grand Slam champion in the Asian circuit.
In the history of the Asian Championships, Kong Linghui, Wang Liqin and Wang Hao has won two titles in their respective careers. However, for the Olympic champion Ma Lin and the Grand Slam champions Liu Guoliang and Zhang Jike, this title has been a difficult one to achieve.
In the 2009 and 2012 Asian Championships, Ma Long and Zhang Jike met each other in the finals and in those occasions, Ma Long was the victor. Zhang Jike did not have the chance this year as he was not sent by the Chinese Team to compete.
If Zhang Jike has dominated the world series for more than two years now, it is Ma Long who is making history in the Asian circuit.
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