Germany, Japan to challenge China in finals at World Table Tennis Championships

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-5-5 9:12:06

Germany upset host Japan 3-1 to set up a men's final meeting against defending champion China at the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Sunday, while Japan will challenge China in the women's final.

In the men's semifinal against Chinese Taipei, Xu Xin made a flying start for China as he defeated Chen Chien-An 11-7, 11-8 and 11-8. Ma Long put China 2-0 ahead with a straight-set victory over veteran Chuang Chih-Yuan.

Zhang Jike lost the only game of China during his match against Huang Sheng-Sheng. After winning the first game at 11-6, Zhang failed to maintain the momentum in the second, losing 12-10. But he quickly found his pace to win the third and fourth games, 11-3 and 11-6, to secure a berth in the final for the defending champion.

Meanwhile, Germany beat Japan 3-1 to reach the men's final. Though Dimitrij Ovtcharov lost the second match to Mizutani Jun, Timo Boll's two points helped Germany secure the victory. Patrick Franziska also helped as he beat Matsudaira Kenta in five games.

On the women's side, Chinese team made short work of longtime rivals Singapore 3-0 to make into the final. Li Xiaoxia came back from one game down to beat Feng Tianwei 8-11, 11-8, 11-5 and 11-7, while Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling both finished their matches in three games.

In the final, the Chinese will face Japan, who overcame Hong Kong, China 3-1 to advance. Ishikawa Kasumi grabbed two points for Japan while the other one came from Hirano Sayaka.

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