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    Ma Long & Xu Xin crash out of the 2016 China Super League!

    The Chinese Super League semi finals took place today on the 30th December 2016! The first semi final saw Xu Xin's Shanghai take on Fan Zhendong's Bayi. The second semi final saw a feisty battle between Ma Long's Shandong Weiqiao and Liang Jingkun's Bazhou! Full results below:

    Ma Long - Crashed out of the China Super League!

    In the opening match of today's first semi final saw Xu Xin take on a strong Zhou Kai. Both players giving their all with Zhou Kai winning 8-6 in the fifth set! This victory put immediate pressure on Team Shanghai. In form Fan Zhendong took out Korea's Jung Young Sik in 3 straight sets giving Bayu a 2-0 lead. It was all down to the doubles with Xu Xin staying out in the possible hope of a singles match against Fan Zhendong. It was not meant to be with doubles pairs Zhou Yu and Xu Chenhao winning 2-0 defeating Zhao Zihao and Shang Kun and thus eliminating Team Shanghai from the competition! An incredible result for Team Bayi who advance to the final of the China Super League!

    In the second semi final saw Ma Long's Shandong Weiqiao take on Liang Jingkun's Bazhou! In the opening game all things looked plain sailing for Weiqiao as Ma Long defeated Wang Chuqin 3-1. The second match saw a spectacular battle between Yan An and Liang Jingkun. Liang Jingkun leveled the score line for Bazhou with a 3-2 win over Yan An. The score line now at 11-1, it was all the play for. Bazhou's Zhou Yu and Xu Chenhao won the doubles in fine form beating Zhao Zihao and Shang Kun. It was now down to world number 1 Ma Long to level the match line for Weiqiao. Liang Jingkun maintained momentum from his previous affair with Yan An and posted an outstanding 3-1 victory over Ma Long advancing Bazhou into the final of the China Super League!

    Both Teams of Xu Xin (Shanghai) and Ma Long (Shandong Weiqiao) are eliminated. Fan Zhendong's Bayi will meet Bazhou's Liang Jingkun in tomorrows Final. It marks the rise of the new generation!

    Semi Final 1

    Shanghai 0:3 Bayi
    1) Xu Xin 2:3 Zhou Kai (9:11, 7:11, 11:7, 11:4, 6:8)
    2) Jung Young Sik 0:3 Fan Zhendong (8:11, 8:11, 4:11)
    3) Zhao Zihao/Shang Kun 0:2 Zhou Yu/Xu Chenhao (7:11, 8:11)

    Semi Final 2

    Shandong Weiqiao 1:3 Bazhou
    1) Ma Long 3:1 Wang Chuqin (7:11, 11:9, 11:4, 12:10)
    2) Yan An 2:3 Liang Jingkun (14:16, 8:11, 11:7, 11:8, 2:7)
    3) Lin Gaoyuan/Xue Fei 0:2 Cheng Jingqi/Fan Shengpeng (7:11, 9:11)
    4) Ma Long 1:3 Liang Jingkun (10:12, 11:3, 4:11, 5:11)

    Pictures from the Semi Finals

    The two toned ball was used and the LED table.

    Congratulations to Team Bayi and Team Bazhou.

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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Tony's Table Tennis's Avatar
      Misleading title I should say
      Its a team tournament, not singles...

      Its like saying Dima crashes out of the Olympics Teams event, or WTTTC

      With Teams event, it is anyone's game
      With the new rules of point system, it really opens up a lot of upsets
    1. ronz91's Avatar
      ronz91 -
      When is the final and where can it be watched?
    1. ttmonster's Avatar
      ttmonster -
      The name of the doubles team in the second semifinal is a typo and repeated from the 1st Semifinal's Bayi team
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