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Ma, Chen claim men's double semi-final berth at ITTF
Updated: 2005-05-03 16:56

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.

Ma Lin (R) and Chen Qi celebrate after defeating Chiang Peng-Lung and Chuan Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei 4-2 at the world table tennis championships in Shanghai Tuesday May 3, 2005.[Xinhua]
The Chinese pair took complete domination after the first two sets to win the quarter-final 8-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-5,11-2, 11-6 over their Chinese Taipei opponents.

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.

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