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China Was Invincible in the Mixed Doubles but Struggling in the Singles

12/15/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

The final of the Mixed Doubles event at the 2007 World Junior Championships (WJTTC) was a Chinese affair. Xu Ruifeng and Mu Zi beat Song Shichao and Li Xiaodan.

The bronze medals go to Kenji Matsudaira and Kasumi Ishikawa from Japan as well as to Zhang Shengwunan and Yang Yang from China.

In the Boys’ and Girls’ Singles events, the favourites suffered painful defeats. England’s Paul Drinkhall led 6-4 in the crucial seventh game against China’s Yan An when the Chinese won seven points in a row.....
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Three Chinese Girls in the Semis and the German Spoil Sport

12/14/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

Good news for everyone who appreciates more internationality in table tennis. The Chinese girls are not invincible. Germany’s Amelie Solja overcame top seeded Li Xiaodan.

Bad news however for the coaches; Amelie Solja’s style of play is almost impossible to copy. The German always stays very close to the table and the more her opponents attack, the more difficult she returns the balls.

“She is very hard to play if it is your first time against her”, Solja's coach Eva Jeler explained, that is why Li Xiaodan had so much troubles.....
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European Frustrations in the Last Sixteen – Chinese Win Close Matches

12/14/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

France’s Abdel-Kader Salifou and England’s Paul Drinkhall failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Boys' Singles event at the World Junior Championships in Palo Alto.

Salifou lost in six games against Korea’s Jung Sang Eun; Drinkhall was beaten in a seven games thriller by China’s Yan An.....
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German Girl in the Quarter-Finals – Canadian Girl Out

12/14/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

Germany’s Amelie Solja has doubtless an unorthodox style of play. She hardly ever leaves the table and it is normally her opponent that has to run.

Solja’s “victim” in the round of the last sixteen was Korea’s Kim Min Hee. “I played with patience and remained calmly during the match”, Germany’s strongest junior player revealed her winning concept.

“I knew it would become a difficult match. Now I’m glad that it’s over.” The seventeen year old will face top seeded Li Xiaodan in the next round.....
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Korean Dreams of a Medal Burst in the Quarter-Finals

12/14/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

Both Korean mixed doubles lost their matches in the quarter-finals. Seo Hyun Deok and Kim Min Hee came back from a 0-3 against the Japanese double Kenji Matsudaira and Kasumi Ishikawa.....
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Drinkhall Challenged by Le Breton – Zhang Mo Is North America’s Remaining Hope

12/14/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

England’s Paul Drinkhall struggled against France's Thomas Le Breton. In the whole fourth and in the beginning of the fifth game; it was Le Breton, who dominated all the rallies.

Then the Frenchman committed two foul services and the whole match turned in favour of Drinkhall.

"I felt too slow and heavy today", Drinkhall explained why he did not show his best table tennis. "Now I go home, take a bath and after a training tomorrow morning, I hope it will turn out better."....
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Latvia’s Future Hope Exits Singles Competitions

12/13/2007 2007 ITTF World Junior Championships,08 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007, Palo Alto, USA

After losing twice in five games, eighteen year old Matiss Burgis did not survive the first stage matches.

The Latvian lost yesterday unluckily against Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson and missed one match point in today’s morning session against Zhang Shengwunan.

Burgis has one last chance in the Mixed Doubles with Russia’s Elena Troshneva.....
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