Olympic Team Event Semi Final: Ma Long Vs Dimitri Ovtcharov

The Bronze medalist Vs the ITTf Champion

The first match was a real blockbuster. We had the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals winner and world number 2, Ma Long, playing the Bronze medal winning singles player, Dimitri Ovtcharov. The 1st set was close and before long they were tied at 5-5. Ma Long then stepped up the pace and won the next 2 points and continued to win the 1st set 12-10 after Ovtcharov saved 2 set points but it was not enough. The 2nd set was more successful for the German as he began to exploit the Chinese’s weaknesses and sending Ma Long left and right. He took a 7-4 lead and capitalised on that to take the 2nd set 11-5.

The 3rd set started with a little bit of comotion. If you were watching on TV you probably noticed a lot of booing. Now this was not anything to do with the players but a TV camera that was in the way of one of the spectators stands. They refused to move it and it upset the 500 or so that could not see the whole table.

The 3rd set did begin eventually and Ovtcharov looked solid again; maybe an upset was on the cards? He went 9-7 up and looked set to take the 3rd and a 2-1 lead, but no dice. Ma Long showed what happens if you show any weakness when playing the Chinese. He won the next 4 points in a row and thus took the 3rd set 11-9, a real blow for the German. The 4th, and subsequently final set, was a complete non contest. Ma Long took complete control over this game and quickly found himself 7-0 up. The crowd could sense a whitewash here and we were not far off it! Ma Long won the game 11-1 and the only point he gave away was a service fault at 10-0 up! Next up was the match I was really looking forward to; Timo Boll Vs Zhang Jike.

Ma Long Beats Steger

Ma Long beats Germany’s Steger in what was the final game of the men’s semi final round between China and Germany. Click here for the full match report, written by ADPP who was at the match!

China Vs Germany Doubles

It was doubles time and we were set to see 3 of the top 10 players do battle on one table. Wang Hoa and Zhang Jike took on Timo Boll and Steger. Click here for the full match report, written by ADPP who was at the match!

Timo Boll Outclasses Zhang J K

This was set to be a real close match. Timo Boll did not perform well in the singles event so had a lot to prove against the Gold medal winner Jike. Click here for the full match report, written by ADPP who was at the match!