ITTF. Japan is the second finalist in the men's event at the 2016 World Team Championships. The Japanese team emerged successfully over England in a close match.
The Asian team took the lead by 2-0. Jun Mizutani defeated Paul Drinkhall by 11-8, 11-9 and 11-4 in the opening match. Maharu Yoshimura extended the advatnage after his victory over Liam Pitchford by 5-11, 14-12, 7-11, 12-10 and 11-9.
But Samuel Walker kept English hopes alive. He showed an outstanding performance against Yuya Oshima and won by 11-6, 11-8, 8-11 and 11-9. In the fourth match Pitchford caused problems to Japan. He got the first two games by 11-8 and 12-10. But Mizutani managed to win the third game by 11-7. The English player went back into the game and got 4 match points but Mizutani saved them all and forced to a deciding game. The Japanese star took the lead and sealed his victory by 11-6.
Maharu Yoshimura vs Liam Pitchford Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
Paul Drinkhall vs Jun Mizutani Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel
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