ITTF. The men’s team event of the World Team Championships had their first semifinal match today and it was between the defending champions, China against South Korea.
South Korea struggled to reach this position of the competition. In the group stage, they posted several defeats in some matches but still managed to remain on top of their group. In the previous round, South Korea posted 3-1 against Portugal.
The first match was between Xu Xin and Lee Sangsu. The South Korean player was quick to establish his control and got the first advantage. Xu Xin returned into the arena for the second set and this time, didn’t give any chance to his opponent. Xu Xin ended it with 8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5.
Ma Long followed and swept Jung Youngsik in 11-7, 11-5, 11-8.
The third match was the highlight of the battle as Zhang Jike faced Jang Woojin. Last year in the Asian Championships, the Grand Slam champion experienced two defeats and was even allegedly provoked by the opponent.
As the match started, Jang Woojin managed to get the first point but Zhang Jike quickly gained his momentum as well. As their battle progressed, Jang Woojin continued to fight hard. Fortunately, the Grand Slam champion was in a better condition this time compared to the Asian Championships.
Zhang Jike scored 7-11, 11-4, 11-9, 12-10. China is now in the finals. According to Zhang Jike, he hopes England to reach the finals.
Photo source: Sina Sports