CCTV5. The 2014 Asian Cup resumed to its second day of competition today, March 21. While Fan Zhendong had a hard time yesterday, it was the opposite today as he completed a sweep victory in the quarterfinal round.
Before the competition, the top seed Ma Long said that he still hasn't adjusted for the competition but as soon as he was in action in the arena, there was not much trouble. He surpassed the qualifying stage yesterday.
Today, Ma Long met Kim Min Seok of South Korea who had to defeat Hong Kong's Tang Peng in the challenge round to reach the main draw earlier this day.
Ma Long started strong in their quarterfinal match but Kim Min Seok managed to level himself in 1-1. The South Korean tried his best to progress further but Ma Long's strength was too hard to pierce through. Ma Long ended the match with 11-2, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7.
The second Chinese player on duty is Fan Zhendong who struggled in yesterday's proceedings. He had to survive two full seven-set match before sealing his rightful place in the main draw. Today, he faced Sharath Kamal Achanta of India who defeated Kim Hyok Bong in the challenge round.
Like Ma Long, Fan Zhendong had a strong start but Achanta had his chance in the second set. He was leading in 10-4 but slowly, the young Chinese adversary caught up and was 9-10. India called for a timeout but it did not capitalise his advantage. He lost the set. Fan Zhendong got the third set without much trouble.
Achanta now was in a 0-3 deficit and had to work hard to extend his lifeline. He, indeed had another chance as he got a good lead in set point, 10-4. But just like the second set, Fan Zhendong slowly but surely crept up and with his timeout already being used, it was tied in 10-10. This time, Fan Zhendong took his opportunities and overtook to victory.
Fan Zhendong will be in the semifinals with 11-3, 13-11, 11-7, 12-10.
Chen Chien An's loss against Fan Zhendong yesterday was somehow a pity but its all in the past. Today, he faced the Japanese Kenta Matsudaira for the quarterfinals. In just six sets, Chen Chien An defeated his adversary and will face Ma Long in the semifinals.
The other quarterfinal match was between Chuang Chih Yuan and Jun Mizutani. The Japanese player won the match with 11-4, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4.
Ding Ning 4-1 Feng Tianwei 13-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11
Yu Mengyu 4-2 Seok Ha Jung 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9,12-10
Ri Myong Sun 4-0 Lee Ho Ching
Nanthana Komwong 0-4 Li Xiaoxia
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