Chuang took the lead after winning the first three games by 11-8, 11-9 and 11-9. But the Olympic champion won the next two games by 11-6 and 11-8. The pressure was on the Taiwanese player but he knew how to handle with it and sealed his victory by 14-12.
After his incredible victory, he said that Zhang Jike didn't play at his best level: "Always difficult playing against Chinese players. He didn't play his best today, as I don't think he has been training a lot, and he has not been playing his Super League matches"
Chuang also talked about when the Chinese player fougth back: "I was leading 3-0 and feeling confortable, and then he started tocome back into the match. I then mentally struggled as I was wary of him coming back. It was stressing me and my game suffered. I had to just block out all the negative thoughts, relax and just play my game. The last game was very tight, I was able to win the crucial points and I am very pleased that I got across the line."
The Taiwanese player also confessed that his win was a surprise for him but is also an evidence that he can overcome top players: "I have not played well recently, so this match was a surprise for me to win. It shows that I can still beat the top players."
Chuang Chih-Yuan vs Zhang Jike Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel