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Great Chinese dominance in the SOC


China had seven out of eight singles finalists in the SOC table tennis. Young Japanese Mima Ito was close to cracking the dominance of the world tour competition in the Eriksdalshallen, but she lost 3–1, to 3–4 against China's Chen Meng in the women's class. In the men's class, the young Chinese beat Wang Chuqin and won his first world tour.

When the "Chinese Championship" in table tennis was decided in the Eriksdalshallen, Lin Gaoyuan arranged the main wrestling internally as he defeated reigning SOC champion Fan Zhendong in the semi-finals by 4-2. Only two Chinese are allowed to participate in the Olympic singles tournament, so each world tour competition serves as an Olympic qualifier. Suddenly, big star Fan Zhendong was down.

In a really nice semi-final match in the morning, Lin Guoyuan barely made a mistake and reached the final against Wang Chaqin.

- A fantastic match. Quite tactical, a fantastic backhand, and almost no mistakes, SVT expert David Gustafsson said in the broadcast.

But in the final, which thus lacked the two highest ranked Chinese, Lin Gaoyuan had no chance. World leader, teenager Wang Chuqin, won a fight between two young left-handed players pretty much by 4-0 in set, his first victory on the world tour.

For a long time in the women's class it looked as if the extremely offensive Japanese Mima Ito was going to break Chinese dominance. First by turning the semi-final against Sun Yingsha from 0–2 to 4–2 and then pressing world leader Chen Meng. Ito led by 3-1 in sets and had the grip in the following sets, but Chen Meng turned and eventually won the set with clear 11-5.

"I never gave up and thought every point would be important," Meng explained afterwards.

Source: svt

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