Young Chinese are taking over
China Open review
Friday, May 31, 2002
ITTF Press Release
Against KONG the young WANG Hao met troubles that would have broken down a lot of other youngsters. In the 5th game, leading 3-1, he had several match points but KONG survived due to 3 edge balls and 2 net balls – within the last 10 points played.
Losing this game though WANG just continued on his own road and he took the next game to win the match 4-2.
LIU Guozheng (CHN) – the Chinese hero from the Teams World Championships final – lost easily to the lefthander QIN Zhijian who anyway also is a World Champion. He won the mixed doubles in Osaka.
The young Swede Jens LUNDQVIST took another impressive win after his 1st round victory over KIM Taek Soo (KOR). LUNDQVIST continued with his brilliant aggressive game in the match against CHIANG Peng-Lung (TPE) and the Swede won 4-1. Next opponent is the World Champion in men’s singles WANG Liqin (CHN).
New Swede on his way
Qingdao, China, 31 May 2002. The Swedes have been anxious that there would be nobody to take over after WALDNER and PERSSON – Jens Lundqvist might be the answer.
“The Europeans of course gave me some self confidence. I knew that I could challenge the very best, it is nice to know now, that I can also beat them”.
LUNDQVIST never stepped back during the match against KIM Taek Soo. The Swede knew that he would have to play from side to side to force the pen holding KIM to move as much as possible and to keep him in a passive role. He did that brilliantly.
In the next round another World Class penholder, CHIANG Peng-Lung (TPE) is waiting for LUNDQVIST.
Short trip to china
Qingdao, China, 31 May 2002. LIN Ling (HKG) came to the Panasonic China Open as the Italian Open Champion and everybody was curious to see what she could achieve against her former compatriots, the Chinese WANG Nan and NIU Jianfeng – but they will not meet this time.
LIN had a match point already in the 6th game, but KIM survived and took the game to even to 3-3. In the 7th LIN Ling was leading as well, but from 9-6 she got caught once again, and KIM had the first match point at 9-10. From 10-10 LIN Ling had 4 match points without being able to walk away with the victory. Instead KIM Mi Young took it home 15-17.
The two top seeds WANG Nan and NIU Jianfeng (CHN) both won easily. One of the expected challengers to the Chinese KIM Moo Kyo (KOR) was outclassed by the defensive Chinese TANG Yuan. TANG won 4-0.
Top seeds on the edge
Qingdao, China, 31 May 2002. The top seeds in men’s doubles WANG Liqin and YAN Sen (CHN) was on the edge of losing in their first round match against the Singapore pair DUAN Yong Jun/ZHANG Tai Yong.
CHIANG and CHANG went to 10-6 but the Germans came back to 10-9 before the Taipei pair could take the winning point.
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