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Repeat Final
By: Zhou Xin, Xinhua News Agency, China & Ian Marshall

Kalinikos Kreanga will once again meet MA LIn in the final  Photo By: Zhou Shaowei

10/31/2004        2004 Men's and Women's World Cup (Click here to access this section)

The final of the menís event at the Bosideng Multiglory World Cup will be between Kakinikos KREANGA of Greece and China's MA Lin; the same as a year ago when the pair met in Jiangyin; in the semi-finals on Sunday 31 October KREANGA beat Koreaís JOO Se Hyuk whilst MA Lin overcame his compatriot WANG Hao.

KREANGA who lost in the semi-finals of the Menís Singles at the Liebherr World Individual Championships in 2003 to JOO Se Hyuk used his strong topspin strokes from both wings to overcome the Koreanís defensive skills

`Paris was the first time that Iíd played JOO Se Hyuk, then he was new
to everybody. Iíve played him since and now I know how to play against himí, said KREANGA. `However, I still feel tired and my hand is still shaking.í

KREANGA took a long holiday after a disappointing Athens Olympic Games;
he didnít practice for a while and didn't make any special preparations for the World Cup. `I trained very hard for the Olympic Games and until now doing that has workedí, KREANGA continued. `Iím not thinking too much about the final because in China itís always difficult.í

`I couldn't find out a way to handle his backhandsí, explained a disappointed JOO Se Hyuk who now plays WANG Hao to determine third spot. The latter lost to the defending champion MA Lin 11-1, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4. `We're very familiar with each other, that's why he knew my weaknessí, said WANG Hao. `He didn't give me a chance to get close or to fight back.í

MA Lin will play Kalinikos KREANGA on Sunday evening in what promises to be an enthralling encounter.



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