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ITTF Mixed Team World Cup - National Table Tennis defeated Japan 8-5 to achieve eight consecutive victories

author:Football Tribes

At 19:30 on the evening of December 9, the penultimate match day of the second stage of the 2023 ITTF Mixed Team World Cup, the top seed Chinese team faced the third seed Japan team at the Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium. In the end, the two sides played the fifth game, and the Chinese team defeated the Japanese team 8-5 and won eight consecutive victories.

ITTF Mixed Team World Cup - National Table Tennis defeated Japan 8-5 to achieve eight consecutive victories

This tournament adopts a new format - 15 rounds of 8 wins, each set of three games, the first team to win 8 games wins. In the previous games, the Chinese team maintained a complete victory, and won seven consecutive victories after defeating the German team 8-1. Japan, on the other hand, lost 4-8 to South Korea in their last match.

The first match was the mixed doubles, and the Chinese team played the world No. 1 Sun Yingsha/Wang Chuqin (Shatou pair). The Japanese team was played by 15-year-old Chinese teenager Zhang Benmei and partner Hayasuke Togami. In the first game, the Japanese player got the first point, and the Shatou combination immediately equalized and overtook 5-1, and the start was very smooth. In the middle of the game, the Japanese pair closed the score to 4-6. However, the Shatou combination then scored four points in a row to get the match point at 10-4, and won the first game 11-5, giving the Chinese team a 1-0 lead.

In the second game, Zhang Benmei and Hayasuke Togami took a 7-0 lead in the opening game, which was surprising, and Sun Yingsha/Wang Chuqin suddenly became helpless. Then, the Shatou duo pulled back the first point and stubbornly chased the score to 5-8, forcing the opponent to call a timeout. After the pause, the Chinese team struggled to chase 9-9! At the end of the game, the Shatou team scored one more point and won the game point at 10-9. Unfortunately, the Chinese pair made a mistake in the last minute and lost the second game 11-13, and the two sides drew 1-1.

ITTF Mixed Team World Cup - National Table Tennis defeated Japan 8-5 to achieve eight consecutive victories

In the third game, the two sides played a relatively close game, and the opening game went from 3-3 to 5-5. When the Shatou pair fell behind 5-6, the head coach of the Chinese team, Xiao Zhan, asked for a timeout. Next, Japan's Hayasuke Togami played an excellent back-to-back score to take the set point at 10-7. In the end, Zhang Benmei and Togami won the third game 11-9, and the Chinese team fell behind 1-2.

In the second Women's Singles, China will feature world No. 2 Wang Manyu against Japan's Hina Hayata, who is ranked No. 5 in the world. In the first game, the two sides played 3-3 in the opening game. As the game progressed, Wang Manyu gradually widened the difference with his strength advantage and won the game point 10-6. Next, Hina Hayada returned the ball, Wang Manyu won the first game 11-6, and the Chinese team drew 2-2 with the Japanese team.

In the second game, the two sides started the game still deadlocked, from 4-4 to 6-6. After a wonderful multi-shot match, Wang Manyu chased the score to 7-7. At the end of the game, the two sides fought 9-9, and at the critical moment, Wang Manyu took the lead in scoring to get the game point at 10-9, and in the next ball, she served and attacked to defeat Hina Hayada 11-9, and the Chinese team overtook the Japanese team 3-2.

In the third game, Wang Manyu attacked strongly at the beginning and led the opponent 4-2. At 3-6 down, Hina Hayada called a timeout. After the timeout, Wang Manyu still held the lead, and Hina Hayada took the initiative after a sidewalk of her own. In the end, Wang Manyu won the third game 11-5, defeated Hina Hayada 3-0, and the Chinese team led the Japanese team 4-2.

ITTF Mixed Team World Cup - National Table Tennis defeated Japan 8-5 to achieve eight consecutive victories

In the men's singles, China played world No. 1 Fan Zhendong and Japan played Chinese player Tomokazu Zhangmoto, who is ranked 11th in the world. At the beginning of the first game, Tomokazu Zhang unexpectedly led 5-2. Subsequently, Fan Zhendong made continuous mistakes and finally lost the first game quickly 3-11, and the Chinese team only led the Japanese team 4-3.

In the second game, Tomokazu Zhang was still brave at the beginning, and the two sides continued to score evenly at the beginning. At 3-4 down, Fan called a timeout. After the pause, Fan Zhendong was pulled apart by Zhang Benzhihe and fell behind 3-7. At the end of the game, Tomokazu Zhang won the game point 10-6, and scored another point to defeat Fan Zhendong 11-6, and the Chinese team 4-4 Japan.

In the third game, the two sides tied 3-3 at the beginning, Fan Zhendong seized the opportunity to exceed the score, but Zhang Benzhihe overtook the score again. After a timeout, Fan Zhendong gradually adjusted his state and led his opponent 8-6. In the end, Fan Zhendong struggled to pull back a game 11-7, and the Chinese team led the Japanese team 5-4.

In the fourth match, Japan opted for the Women's Doubles match, featuring Miwa Haramoto/Miyu Kihara, who are ranked 27th in the world. The Chinese team was played by Chen Meng/Wang Manyu, who are ranked seventh in the world. At the beginning of the first game, the two sides were tied 3-3, but then Miwa Zhangmoto/Miyu Kihara scored consecutive points to take a 7-3 lead. When Chen Meng/Wang Manyu chased to 6-7, the Japanese team called a timeout. After the timeout, the Chinese team tied the score and came to the end of the game with the two sides tied 9-9 and 10-10. At the critical moment, the Japanese team wiped the net and scored and won 12-10, and the Chinese team won 5-5 Japan.

In the second game, the Chinese pair took a 6-0 lead at the beginning and did not give their opponents a chance. It was only after 7-0 that the Japanese team got their first point. After Zhang Benmeihe/Kihara Miyu chased another 2 points, Chen Meng/Wang Manyu won the game point 10-3. In the end, the Chinese team pulled back a game 11-3, and the Chinese team led the Japanese team 6-5.

In the third game, the two sides drew 4-4 in the opening game. Then, when they were down 4-6, the Chinese team called a timeout. Next, the scores of the two sides were tight, the Japanese team took the lead to get the game point, and the Chinese team stubbornly saved two game points in a row. In the end, Chen Meng/Wang Manyu scored two points in a row to win 13-11, and the Chinese team led the Japanese team 7-5.

The fifth match was the men's doubles match, which was the first time that the Chinese team played the fifth match of this tournament. The Chinese team featured Ma Long and Wang Chuqin against Hayasuke Togami/Sho Sone. The two sides drew 2-2 at the beginning, and Japan called a timeout when they were down 2-3. came to the middle game, and the scores of the two sides were tight. After a shot of the middle stage, the Chinese pair took an 8-5 lead, and the veteran Ma Long played a key role in scoring consecutive points. After Wang Chuqin scored another point, the Chinese team got the match point. Next, the Chinese team scored another point and won the game 11-5, and the Chinese team defeated the Japanese team 8-5 and won eight consecutive victories.

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