All-Chinese matter in women's doubles at WTTC
The women's doubles semi-finals at the 48th world table tennis championships in Shanghai become an all-Chinese affair as three pairs from China and one from Hong Kong, China reached the event's last four on Tuesday.
Wang Nan/Zhang Yining, Athens Olympic gold medalists and defending champions, swept past Japanese pair Fukuhara Ai/TatiyanaKostromina 4-0 (11-3, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3).
Bai Yang/Guo Yan stopped Hungarians Csilla Batorfi/Krisztina to the 4-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6).
Croatian Tamara Boros, the highest-ranked European woman, and her partner Cornelia Vaida were eliminated by Chinese Guo Yue/Niu Jianfeng at 4-1 (11-6, 11-2, 10-12, 7-11, 11-2).
Wang/Zhang will play Tie/Zhang and Bai/Guo face Guo/Niu in the women's last four on the championships' last day, on May 6.
Ma, Chen claim men's double semi-final berth at ITTF
Olympic champions Ma Lin and Chen Qi almost stumbled at the semi-finals, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Chiang Peng-Lung and Chuan Chih-Yuan 4-2 at the world table tennis championships in Shanghai on Tuesday.
After losing the first two sets quickly, Ma and Chen used a 11-2 third-set win to calm down and find the rythme of the game.
They took an early lead on every set from then on and never letany chance to their opponents, who are tagged as the best pair in Chinese Taipei team.
Chiang and Chuan popped up some challeng on the final set when they were down 5-0. They stopped powerful forehand strikes of theChinese pair to make it 8-6.
The faster and more dedicated Chinese were not intimadated and ran on to take the game for good.