Zhang stunned in semis

Source:Agencies-Global Times Published: 2015-5-3 23:23:01

A dream men's singles final between world No.1 Ma Long and defending champion Zhang Jike won't happen as an exhausted Zhang was stunned by obscure teammate Fang Bo 4-1 in the semifinals of the table tennis world championships in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province on Sunday.

World No.3 Zhang staged some sizzling shots in the match, but it was not good enough to beat a rising Fang. Zhang pulled one set back ­after losing the first two, but was struggling again in the fourth and fifth sets.

The twice defending champion saved one match point while trailing 9-10 in the fifth set, but Fang reeled off the next two points to claim a berth in the final.

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