Hangzhou, September 9 (ZXS) -- The semifinals of the men's and women's table tennis teams of the Hangzhou Asian Games ended on the 25th, and the Chinese men's team swept Chinese Taipei 25-3, and will face old rivals South Korea in the final. The Chinese women's team also beat Thailand 0-3 and will face a strong Japanese team in the final.

In the semifinals of the men's team, the Chinese team sent Fan Zhendong, Wang Chuqin and Ma Long, and the three players swept their opponents one after another, helping the Chinese team to defeat Chinese Taipei 3-0 to advance to the final.

Chinese Taipei player Liao Zhenjun lost 0:3 to Ma Long in the game, and after the game, he said that the Chinese team is very high-level, he has done his best, and this time he also played with the Chinese team with a learning mentality.

In the other men's team semifinal, South Korea beat Iran 3-0. Iran is arguably the biggest dark horse in the team competition of the Asian Games, and they knocked out the strong Japanese team in the quarterfinal. However, in the semifinals, the South Korean team withstood the impact of the Iranian team and swept their opponents to advance.

After the final match was confirmed, Ma Long said in an interview that the South Korean team has always been very hard working and has a very strong fighting ability, "They will definitely go all out in the final, and I hope that everyone who plays on the field will do their best."

On September 9, the semifinals of the men's table tennis team of the 25th Asian Games in Hangzhou were held at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium, and the Chinese team defeated Chinese Taipei 19-3 to advance to the final. The picture shows Chinese player Ma Long (right) during the game. Photo by Shi Chunyang

The women's team semifinals also kicked off on the 25th, with the Chinese team playing Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu and Chen Meng, and the three players easily defeated their opponents in the match, and finally defeated the Thai team 3:0 and advanced to the Hangzhou Asian Games table tennis women's team final.

In the other women's team semifinal, Japan defeated South Korea 3-1 to advance. The Japanese women's team is one of China's strongest rivals in recent years, and although Mimato Ito did not participate in this Asian Games, Hina Hayada, Mikazu Changmoto and others showed good strength, and Japan advanced 3-0 before the semi-finals, and the final may also challenge the Chinese team.

At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, the Chinese team won the table tennis men's and women's team championships, and now the national table tennis men's and women's teams have joined hands to advance to the final of the Hangzhou Asian Games, only one step away from defending both titles.

The men's and women's team finals of the table tennis event of the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held on September 9. (End)