ITTF. The 2016 World Team Championships concluded today with the final round of the Men’s Team event between China and Japan. At the end of three matches, title retains in China.
It was another China versus Japan matchup in the finals of the World Team Championships as they were the last two teams standing in the men’s team event. Yesterday, China swept South Korea with ease while Japan withstood the challenge from England.
Today, Japan would have to face another difficult match.
Indeed, Japan struggled to establish their control at the start of their match. Jun Mizutani was swept by Xu Xin in 11-6, 11-8, 11-8. Ma Long followed and faced Maharu Yoshimura. The Chinese player, as expected, gained his advantage immediately and posted a very comfortable lead.
After being overwhelmed in the opening set, Maharu Yoshimura played better in the second set, saving two game points. Sensing this, Liu Guoliang called for a timeout. After the match resumed, Ma Long sealed a 2-0 lead.
Ma Long was still in control in the third set and the Japanese camped to call for a timeout. Unfortunately, the timeout didn’t do much benefit. Ma Long was unstoppable and ended the match with 11-3, 11-8, 11-6.
The third match was between Zhang Jike and Yuya Oshima. After two sweep victories, the Chinese Team recorded their first loss in the round. Yuya Oshima got the opening set. Zhang Jike played much better in the second set and had four set points. After the Japanese player saved two, China called for a timeout.
After the game resumed, both players levelled in 1-1. Zhang Jike gained momentum in the third set which forced the Japanese camp to call for a timeout. The Chinese player then led in 2-1. Without any timeouts left, both players were one their own in the fourth round.
It was a tight battle. Yuya Oshima continued to find his opportunities while Zhang Jike fought point after point. At the end, Zhang Jike stood victorious in 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7.
China successfully defends the world men’s team title.
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