CTSJ. Chinese Taipei welcomed the year 2014 with a successful All Star Invitational Tournament in men's table tennis which was participated by world-class players. Although their host Chuang Chih Yuan was not able to win he title, the competition was still believed to be fruitful.
In the first weekend of 2014, European table tennis players Jorgen Persson, Adrian Crisan, Jean-Michel Saive and Olympic bronze medalist Dimitrij Ovtcharov, together with Asia's Jun Mizutani, Jiang Tianyi, Joo Sae Hyuk and Chuang Chih Yuan entertained the table tennis fans of Chinese Taipei as they gathered for the 2014 Men's All Star Invitational Table Tennis Tournament held in Kaohsiung.
The competition started last January 3 and ended yesterday, January 5. They were divided into two groups where Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Jorgen Persson, Jun Mizutani, and the host Chuang Chih Yuan advanced for the playoffs.
Jorgen Persson being able to advance further into the competition just prove that he still has the stamina to play against world-class players. He defeated Jiang Tianyi and Joo Sae Hyuk. He hoped to reach the finals but lost to Mizutani in the semis.
"Originally, I was hoping to fight against the host Chuang Chih Yuan in the championship fight. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The enthusiasm of the Taiwanese fans was overwhelming. I hope next year, there will still be a chance for me to come again to Taiwan to play." Jorgen Persson said.
Meanwhile, being the host, Chuang Chih Yuan had a big responsibility to the table tennis fans who watched the competition. Indeed, in the semifinals, the Chinese Taipei local had his revenge against Dimitrij Ovtcharov in 4-1.
"Winning and losing the game isn't important. What is vital is that I will be able to play well. I am very happy that my fellow countrymen came and gave their support. Today, I used most of my backhand for receiving. I never thought that the results could be good." Chuang Chih Yuan said after winning over Ovtcharov.
"I did my best to fight Chuang Chih Yuan. I still lost to his home court advantage and gave him the tickets to the finals." Ovtcharov said.
Successful in the semifinals but it was defeat in the championship battle for Chuang Chih Yuan who had to go through a tragic sweep from Japanese Jun Mizutani. Although it was not the expected result from the local fans who watched the game, the competition was believed to be a success.
"Although Chuang Chih Yuan was unable to get the championship title and there was a little disappointment, we are still very happy to have brought such a high level of table tennis tournament." Lin Wenyuan, Chinese Taipei's table tennis official commented.
This move by Chinese Taipei is one helpful activity in the promotion of table tennis world-wide.
Jun Mizutani vs Adrian Crisan Video kindly shared by ttlondon2012
Jiang Tianyi vs Joo Saehyuk Video kindly shared by ttlondon2012
Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Jörgen Persson Video kindly shared by ttlondon2012
Chuang Chih-Yuan vs Jean-Michel Saive Video kindly shared by ttlondon2012
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