ITTF- Slovenian Open Day 3

27th January 2012

In an action packed Day 3 of the Slovenian Open Ma long the world number one breezed through without dropping a set 4-0 against Mikhail Paykov. Other top ranked players Ma Lin, Wang Hao and Zhang Jike all progressed with ease to the last 32. In the last 32 played this evening all the top seeds again showed their dominance with Ma long, Ma Lin, Wang Hao and Zhang Jike all progressing easily to tomorrow last 16 matchups.

Britain’s hopeful Paul Drinkhall was drawn an extremely difficult tie against the world number 5 Xu Xin. Xu Xin took the lead 1-0 but Drinkhall came back to level the game at 1-1. From then on Drinkhall struggled and the Chinese talent dominated the rest of the match to win 4-1.

The world number 27 Jung Woo Lee was shocked by Daniel Gorak from Poland. In the closely contested battle Gorak edged the match to take it 4-3. It is neither the first time nor the biggest upset he has undertaken, notably beating Ma Long at the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open in 2006.

In the Women’s main draw the top three seeds Ding Ning, Guo Yan and Liu Shiwen all made it look easy winning their matches in straight sets 4-0 moving into the last 32. Joanna Parker came up against tough opposition of Korean world number 29 Eun Hee Lee. Lee showed her dominance winning the match in straight sets. I

In the round of 32 the top three seeds all failed to drop a game again sweeping their opponents 4-0 showing every the world of table tennis how dominant they are.

In the biggest upset of the day, the world number 31 Li Joe from the Netherlands crashed out to the teenage sensation Jo Yu Jin. She claimed the match in 6 sets taking the game 4-2 and progressing into the round of 32. Later in the day she took on Georgina Pota from Hungary unfortunately losing out 4-2.



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