Olympic Team Event Semi-Final: Timo Boll Vs Zhang Jike

The Upset

We had some real personalities up against each other in this match. Everyone wrote of Timo for this match as Zhang Jike was in such good form coming into this game after his gold medal in the singles, but we got a really competitive match. The first set started off very evenly and Timo Boll found himself up 8-7. However the Chinese grit came out on top and a few unforced errors meant that Jike won 4 points on the bounce and took the 1st set 11-8.

In the 2nd Timo took a fast 5-0 lead with some great winning shots and defensive work. He then pushed on and found himself a point off winning the set at 10-4 up however Jike was not done and push back taking the set to 10-8. Boll called a Time out and took a breath, walked back to the table and took the set winning point and second set 11-8- the crowd go wild.

The 3rd set went by in a flash and Timo really carried the momentum over from the previous set and took an early lead. He missed out on a set point at 10-8 to move to 10-9 then held his nerve to secure that all important 3rd set and take a 2-1 lead. The 4th set was going to be very important as it could swing the momentum in China’s favour if Jike won, or secure victory for Germany’s Boll. It was a real nail biter and was by no means a walk in the park. But Timo held his nerve and took the final set 11-8 with a real superstars display. He came into this match on poor form but really showed good sticking power with the victory over the world number 1 ranked 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!

Ovtcharov’s Vs Ma Long

The opening match was always going to be a tight affair as the suprise bronze medalist, Dimitri Ovtcharov was up against the world class talent of Ma Long. Click here for the full match report, written by ADPP who as at the match