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Lily Zhang Shines but Opening Defeat for United States
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Lily Zhang impressed on the opening day in Tokyo  Photo By: Rémy Gros

04/28/2014        ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships (Click here to access this section)

Defeat for the United States in their opening contest in the Championship Division of the Women’s Team event, at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo on the evening of Monday 28th April.

They suffered a three matches to two reverse against Hungary but in defeat they can take great solace in the performance of 17 year old Lily Zhang.

Playing in her sixth consecutive World Championships, she made her debut when 12 years old in Yokohama in 2009, she recorded the two victories against Hungary.

Hungarian in Form
She beat Szandra Pergel (12-10, 11-9, 11-9) and Georgina Pota (11-8, 13-15, 11-7, 13-11, 11-3); the win over the latter being one of particular note.

In recent months Georgina Pota has been in fine form; notably she was the runner up earlier in the year at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open.

Only Success
Alas for the United States there were to be no further successes.

Prachi Jha was beaten by Georgina Pota (11-7, 11-4, 11-2) and by Szandra Pergel; whilst Crystal Wang suffered defeat at the hands of Dora Madarasz in the third match of the contest (11-6, 11-6, 11-9).

Comfortable Wins
A close call for Hungary but in the same group there were no such problems for Japan nor for Chinese Taipei.

Japan (Sayaka Hirano, Kasumi Ishikawa, Saki Tashiro) beat Belarus (Viktoria Pavlovich, Alexandra Privalova, Mariya Kuchuk) by three matches to nil; whilst Chinese Taipei (Huang Yi-Hua, Cheng I-Ching, Chen Szu-Yu) accounted for Australia (Zhenhua Dederko, Miao Miao, Michelle Beaumont).

Liu Jia Unbeaten
Success for Hungary a full distance contest; it was the same for Korea DPR.

They overcame Austria with Liu Jia providing the problems. She beat Kim Jong (11-4, 13-11, 11-7) and Ri Myoung Sun (7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 12-10); however, those were the only Austrian wins.

Li Qianbing was beaten by Ri Myong Sun (11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9) and by Kim Jong (11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 5-11, 11-8). The one remaining success was recorded by Ri Mi Gyong; in the third match of the fixture, she accounted for Elena Waggermayer (11-9, 11-5, 11-4).

Impressive Wins
In the two remaining contests in the group, China (Li Xiaoxia, Ding Ning, Liu Shiwen), the top seeds, beat Poland (Katarzyna Grzybowska, Klaudia Kusiska, Natalia Partyka), whilst Romania (Elizabeta Samara, Daniela Monteiro-Dodean and Bernadette Szocs) overcame the Slovak Republic (Eva Odorova, Barbora balazova, Eva Jurkova)

Play in the first stage of both the Men’s Team and Women’s Team events continues on Tuesday 29th April.

Highlights from the first day of play at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships

Quotes of the Day
ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships: Monday 28th April – Quotes of the Day



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