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Men's World Cup Draw

No easy matches for top players

ITTF Press Release

COURMAYEUR, 7 November 2001: There are no easy matches at the World Cup but nevertheless the players were looking forward to the draw on Wednesday with interest.

The draw put two Chinese in group A. The World Champion WANG Liqin (CHN) will have to face the older compatriot MA Wenge who won the World Cup twice a decade ago. MA Wenge was invited on a wild card because LIU Guozheng (CHN) had to cancel due to a shoulder injury. Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL) "landed" in group A as well.

Group C looks like the other difficult group. CHIANG Peng-Lung (TPE), Werner SCHLAGER (AUT), Peter KARLSSON (SWE) and Ahmed ALI SALEH (EGY) will have to fight for the two first places in the group which qualifies for the quarter finals.

Werner SCHLAGER was not that enthusiastic about the draw.

"CHIANG Peng-Lung is very good, and to get the European Champion (Peter KARLSSON) from the third seeding group of players is not good for me. I don't think anybody would find it lucky to play the European Champion as a supposedly weaker player. Anyway nothing is supposed to be easy at the World Cup," says the Austrian top player.

Ahmed ALI SALEH (EGY) would normally be considered as a "trainee" in the group. ALI SALEH though shocked everybody two weeks ago when he defeated nr. 15 in the World MA Wenge at the Dutch Open.

The Italian entry, Yang Min, is in the group with Jorg Rosskopf (GER), Vladimir SAMSONOV (BLR) and Augusto MORALES (CHI).

"Yang Min is a dangerous player, I don’t like playing him," says Jorg Rosskopf. "Anyway, regarding that we could have had MA Wenge or Kalinikos KREANGA in the group I cannot complain."

Prize Money : Total 135,000 US$
Winner : 44,000 US$
Finalist : 22,000 US$
3rd place : 15,000 US$
4th place : 10,000 US$
5 to 8 : 6,000 US$
9 to 12 : 3,500 US$
13 to 16 : 1,500 US$


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