Chinese tt topshots enter Asian Cup quarters
Chinese tt topshots enter Asian Cup quarters

Dubai, April 29 (IANS) Chinese male players Xu Xin and Zhang Jike and their female compatriots Liu Shiwen and Li Xiaoxia have won here their qualifying matches at the 2016 Nakheel Asian Cup.

Xu Xin, the world’s number three in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) was victorious over Jung Youngsik from South Korea in four sets on Thursday. The three times Asian Cup gold medal winner Xu will face Youngsik’s countryman Less Sangsu Friday in the knockout. Xu is aiming for a fourth title to gain direct qualification to the Liebherr 2016 World Cup to be held in Saarbrucken, Germany in October, reports Xinhua.

Zhang Jike, who told Xinhua ahead of the tournament that this Asian Cup was an important test 100 days ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (August 5-21), won 3-0 against Wong Chun Ting from Hong Kong.

Zhang will encounter Chiang Hung-Chieh, ranked 72 globally, from Taiwan.

China’s women stars Liu Shiwen and Li Xiaoxia faced little resistance in the qualifying round, too. Li was victorious over Singapore’s Yu Mengyu (3-1) and Yang Haeun who suffered some pain in her legs after the match. Liu, the world’s number one in the ITTF women’s world, left the courts beating Tie Hana (Hong Kong) and Japan’s Hirano Miu.

A repetition of the standoff from last year between Liu and Singapore’s Feng Tianwei who ranks seven in the ITTF women’s list is possible.

“Of course, I’m hoping to defend my title here and qualify for the Women’s World Cup later this year,” said the 2010 world champion who was born in the North East Chinese city of Harbin and joined the Singaporean national team in 2007.

Feng will play against Hirano Miu on Friday.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals of the three-day 2016 Asian Cup mainly sponsored by Dubai developer Nakheel will take place on Friday while the final will be held on Saturday in Dubai’s World Trade Center exhibition halls.


    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Gautam Gambhir, Delhi, Vidarbha, Aditya Sarwate

    Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Delhi Thumps Madhya Pradesh; Vidarbha Crush Kerala in Quarter-final

    On the final day of the quarter-final round of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18, Delhi clinched the match by seven wickets against Madhya Pradesh after...

    Ronaldinho planning 2018 farewell tour

    Rio de Janeiro, Dec 11: Ronaldinho is planning a series of testimonial matches with his former clubs before officially announcing his retirement from football. The 37-year-old...

    Freiburg shock Cologne 4-3 in German Bundesliga

    Berlin, Dec 11: Last-placed Cologne squandered a three-goal advantage and lost 4-3 to Freiburg to complete the 15th round of Bundesliga action. Nils Petersen's hat-trick helped...

    Club Bolivar crowned Bolivian football champions

    La Paz, Dec 11: Club Bolivar won Bolivia's Clausura first division title with a 1-1 draw at Nacional Potosi. Marcos Riquelme, on Sunday, opened the scoring...

    Atletico Madrid knocks off Real Betis

    Seville (Spain), Dec 11: Atletico Madrid continued to put pressure on La Liga leader Barcelona with a 1-0 away win over Real Betis in the...