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    Kenta Matsudaira Defeats Wang Hao At The 2013 Harmony China Open!

    Today on the 17th August the men's singles round 2 took place at the Harmony China Open 2013 - ITTF World Tour with seeds surprisingly dropping out. The nation to cause the biggest upset was Japan, with the mighty duo of Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa pulling off outstanding victories over China's Wang Hao and Yan An.

    Men's Singles Round 2

    In round 2, majority of the seeds progressed however 2 noticeable upsets took place. Host nations Wang Hao stumbled to the ever improving Kenta Matsudaira of Japan in 4 straight sets (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7). Kenta utilized his aggressive style of play attacking Hao's serve quickly to become the dominant player in the point. Often Kenta switched Wang Hao wide to his forehand to keep Hao guessing. The video will be on TableTennisDaily shortly.

    Elsewhere in round 2 Kenta's compatriot Koki Niwa had an epic encounter against rising star Yan An of China. Both players gave their all. Koki Niwa raced into a 3 set to 1 lead with Yan An giving all his efforts to level the match score at 3 sets each. However it was not meant to be for Yan An as Koki Niwa clinched the 7th set 13-11. Full match score (7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 5-11, 13-11). Koki Niwa and Kenta Matsudaira now face one another in the quarter finals.

    Japan are doing very well in this competition, perhaps Jun Mizutani withdrawing has put less pressure on the Japanese team to succeed?

    Quarter Finals Men's Singles Schedule - Time in GMT

    The first Men's Singles quarter linal match proceeds today at 10:30am GMT on the 17th August. Watch the matches on LIVE TableTennisDaily in the ITTF Live Streaming which has integrated chat for logged in TTD users.

    Times in GMT
    10:30am Ma Long vs Gao Ning
    11:15 am Koki Niwa vs Kenta Matsudaira
    12:00pm Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Chuang Chih Yuan
    12:45 pm Zhan Jian vs Xu Xin

    Who do you think will progress to the Men's Singles Semi Final's?

    For all the latest news, results and videos from the China Open click here. To catch up on all the latest highlighted matches from the Japan Open visit our Media Library.

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