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Yu Ziyang: The Wonder Boy In Men's Table Tennis (Video)

Yu Ziyang: The Wonder Boy In Men's Table Tennis (Video)
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We have witnessed another sensation in men's table tennis last weekend after the 16-year old Chinese player Yu Ziyang went against all odds to clinch the Men's Singles championship title. Playing against the Japanese top player and host Jun Mizutani was already a big challenge but he survived. Once again, records have been broken. 

Sina Sports. Zhang Jike, Fan Zhendong, and now Yu Ziyang. What could be their common denominator? Well, they have simply broken records. 

Born in May 23, 1998, Yu Ziyang attended the 2014 Japan Open at 16 years old with not much popularity. He was a qualifier for the Men's Singles and eventually sealed his place in the main draw. Although this young player has the potential considering that he plays for the Chinese Team, it was still hard to imagine him winning the ultimate title. 

However, Yu Ziyang, one round at a time, was beating every odd. He ousted Jin Ueda in the Round 16, defeated Chiang Hung Chieh in the quarterfinal, swept Tang Peng in the semis. At this point, he already made his mark in the competition. 

He then faced his biggest challenge, the top Japanese player and the host, Jun Mizutani. Experience wise and in terms of support from the crowd, Yu Ziyang didn't have much of a clear advantage. But as the match progressed, Yu Ziyang was surprisingly impressive.

At the end, Yu Ziyang completed a score of 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8. 

Yu Ziyang vs Jun Mizutani 2014 Japan Open MS Finals
video kindly shared by janus770

At age 16 years and 30 days, Yu Ziyang is now the titleholder of the youngest male winner of the ITTF World Tour Men's Singles event. He overstepped Fan Zhendong who was 16 years old and 292 days when he won the Poland Open last year. 

Yu Ziyang's performance in Japan is another proof that the Chinese Team is indeed prepared for the next two or three Olympic Games. This is something that the other teams would have to keep up. As for the Chinese Team, another threat was known.     

Photo source: Sohu Sports

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