China advances to men's top four in Table Tennis Team World Cup
China defeated the United States in the men's quarterfinals and advanced to the top four in the 2019 Table Tennis Team World Cup which continued in Tokyo on Thursday.
In the first doubles match, China sent Xu Xin and Liang Jingkun to play against Feng Yijun and Zhang Kai of the United States, winning the first two games 11-5 and the third 11-0.
China's Fan Zhendong and Liang played in the next two singles matches against Kanak Jha and Zhang Kai respectively. Fan defeated his opponent 11-3, 11-5, 11-5, winning the games with many skilled slices.
Fan Zhendong in action against U.S. player Kanak Jha in the Table Tennis Team World Cup quarter-final match between China and the United States in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 7, 2019. [Photo: VCG]
Liang showed a strong backhand ability in the competition, finishing the games 11-3, 11-5, 11-3. In the end, China defeated the United States 3-0 in the men's team matches.
China will play against Japan in the men's semifinals on Saturday. Japan defeated Germany 3-1 in the men's quarterfinals on Thursday to make to the last four. Japan's Tomokazu Harimoto appeared in two singles matches, winning both with 3-1.
Chinese Taipei and South Korea will play against England and Brazil respectively in the remaining two men's team quarterfinals on Friday, while the women's quarterfinals will also decide the top four teams.