Olympic table tennis champion Zhang Jike defeats German Dimitrij

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-3-18 9:09:52

The London Olympic champion Zhang Jike beat German Ovtcharov Dimitrij, bronze winner of the London Olympics, with 3-0 at the 2013 Asia - Europe Table Tennis All Stars Challenge on Sunday.

Zhang, the Grand Slam winner, established a 5-1 lead in the first game. Dimitrij fought back and narrowed the gap to one point but still lost to Zhang 11-8.

Zhang, 25, won the following two games with 11-2 and 11-9.

In other four matches on Sunday, Mizutani Jun of Japan beat Freitas Marcos of Portugal 3-2, Jiang Tianyi from Hong Kong of China defeated Crisan Adrian of Rumania 3-1, world No. 6 Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei won over Samsonov Vladimir of Belarus 3-1 and Joo saehyuk from South Korea beat Chen Weixing of Austria 3-1.

In total ten matches of the two-day event, the Asian Team won seven out of them. "We won the series 7-3, but it didn't represent that Asian table tennis lead Europe's so much. You can see some matches are very tough," said Xiao Zhan, the coach of the Asian Team.

Starting from 2009, the Asia - Europe Table Tennis All Stars Challenge is an annual event with the first round held in an Asian city and the second one held in Europe.

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