Timo Boll is keeping the European end up in the World Table Tennis Championships. On Friday the German beat his fellow-countryman soon after 6 games. Belarus expert Vladimir Samsonov was knocked out in the final game (11-9) of a blood-curdling match against the Chinese Chen Qi.
Boll and Ovtcharov, born in Ukraine, are excellent friends. They know each and every other’s game by way of and by way of, down to the smallest details, from the numerous training sessions together. “It is tough for us to play each other, due to the fact you would also like the other to win a medal. The pressure was as a result really wonderful. This has been the case ever since the beginning of the tournament; a great deal is expected of me. Hopefully there will likely be German fans coming this weekend to cheer me on. This was a great final rehearsal”, says Boll who after a 2-2 score won the fifth game 11-0!`
Within the ladies’ tournament four Chinese players qualified for the semifinals. Guo Yan, seeded second, is not one of them. She lost to her fellow-countrywoman Liu Shiwen. The last was pleasantly surprised: “Winning is nice and then in 4 games.” Leading favourite Li Xiaoxia was not taken by surprise, she dealt with Wu Yang, 4-1. “She plays with a lot of variation, but I was well ready for this match”, said Li, “those additional hours paid off.” The last player inside the tournament, not fielding for China, Feng Tianwei from Singapore, was crushed by Ding Ning.
Inside the semifinals absolutely nothing was left of Guo Yue who was beaten by Li Xiaoxia (4-0). On Saturday she will play the finals against Ding Ning, who won in six games against Liu Shiwen.