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Ding Ning Edges Out Liu Shiwen For The Olympic Singles (Video)

Ding Ning Edges Out Liu Shiwen For The Olympic Singles (Video)
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Li Xiaoxia, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen are the players who will represent the Chinese Women’s Team in the Rio Olympic Games. However, there is still no definite decision as to who will be in the Singles and who will play in the Team competition. When it comes to this aspect, Ding Ning has more advantages over Liu Shiwen. 

Sohu Sports. The names of the players from the Chinese Women’s Team who will be in Rio have already been determined. But who will play in the Singles and the Team events?  

The Chinese Women’s Team has already announced their lineup for the Olympic Games and they are Li Xiaoxia, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen. It is already certain that these people will be in Rio but one thing is still uncertain who will be the third person. 

At the start of this year, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen both had good chances for the Olympic Singles considering that they reached the finals in Suzhou while Li Xiaoxia failed in the semifinals. At that time, Li Xiaoxia was still not showing positive signs from recovery of her injuries. 

Ding Ning vs Liu Shiwen 2015 WTTC WS Finals
video kindly shared by janus770

However in the Asian Olympic Qualification, Li Xiaoxia surprised everyone after reaching the finals and winning the qualification. At that competition, both Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen lost to foreign players. This will somehow affect them in the Olympic Games. 

Li Xiaoxia vs K. Ishikawa 2016 Asian Olympic Qualifier
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

As of now, Li Xiaoxia has been reported for the Olympic Singles. So who will be the second player for the event? 

In this aspect, Ding Ning has more advantages considering that she has won the world championships twice and also reached the Olympic finals in London.  

Photo source: Sohu Sports

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