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Fan Zhendong Top Seed In The German Open (Videos)

Fan Zhendong Top Seed In The German Open (Videos)
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The German Open has a lot of meaning for Fan Zhendong. Last year, this young sensation from the Chinese Team overcame world champions to clinch his second World Tour title in his career. This year, Fan Zhendong has a very good chance to defend his title as he is the top seed in the Men's Singles. However, challenge will certainly be encountered as the host's big guns will be on duty. 

ITTF. The international table tennis competition returns to Magdeburg this year for the German Open and the top seed is the 17-year old sensation Fan Zhendong, who is also the defending champion. 

The Chinese Team has already started their 40-day Closed Training in preparation for the World Team Championships. But two of the members of the National Team will be taking some time off from training to take part in the German Open. 

To be held in Magdeburg on March 26 to 30, the German Open will have Chinese Team's Wang Hao and Fan Zhendong. For this competition, China will also have newbies Zhou Qihao, Yu Ziyang, Zhou Kai and Liu Xiang. 

The German Open means a lot for Fan Zhendong. Although it was not his first World Tour title for him, it was the competition where his status as a professional athlete rose exponentially. Last year, Fan Zhendong simultaneously defeated Zhang Jike, Vladimir Samsonov and Dimitrij Ovtcharov, and won the championship title. 

Fan Zhendong vs Zhang Jike 2013 German Open MS QF
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

Fan Zhendng vs Vladimir Samsonov 2013 German Open MS SF
video kindly shared by janus770

Fan Zhendong vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov 2013 German Open MS Finals
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

This year, he will be the favourite to win as he is listed as the top seed. 

Although Fan Zhendong may have a good chance to win this time with his experience now, there are a number of worthy and difficult adversaries. 

Starting off are the host's big guns, Timo Boll and Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Aside from them, Europe will also be well represented by Vladimir Samsonov, Michael Maze, Marcos Freitas, Tiago Apolonia, Adrian Crisan, among others. 

In addition, the South Korean Cho Eon Rae is also listed in the competition. It is still not too long ago when Fan Zhendong was defeated by Cho Eon Rae in the Qatar Open.

Fan Zhendong vs Cho Eon Rae 2014 Qatar Open
video kindly shared by SarmaikTT

Photo source: Sohu Sports 

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Men Women October 2014
Ranking Player +/-
1
Xu Xin Xu Xin China
0
2
Fan Zhendong Fan Zhendong China
0
3
Ma Long Ma Long China
0
4
Zhang Jike Zhang Jike China
0
5 0
6
Wang Hao Wang Hao China
0
7
Jun Mizutani Jun Mizutani Japan
0
8
Chuang Chih-Yuan Chuang Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
0
9
Timo Boll Timo Boll Germany
0
10
Yan An Yan An China
0