By Henry Chen
The 2016 Asia-Europe All Stars Challenge arrived in its second day of proceedings in the Chinese city of Dongguan today, September 11th.
In the opening leg, Asian stars imposed authority over their opponents from Europe. But in the next day of competition, the European Team did much better.
Chen Weixing started off on a good note. He survived a tight battle against Hong Kong’s star Wong Chun Ting. The Austrian veteran posted a score of 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9.
The second order of the day was between Gao Ning and Andrej Gacina. The Singaporean player was indeed in good form in the whole duration of the competition. In the opening day, he staged a comeback against Chen Weixing in 3-2. In the second day, he posted the same trend (6-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9).
Tiago Apolonia gave Europe a boost of confidence in the third match. He overcame the second highest ranking player on duty, Chuang Chih Yuan of Chinese Taipei. Apolonia sealed the match with 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3.
Vladimir Samsonov was the fourth player for Europe and he faced the biggest task among his teammates today. He was against the second ranking player in the world, Fan Zhendong. The veteran from Belarus tried to fight but the Chinese player always had something in return. Fan Zhendong remained unbeaten with 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.
The last battle of the competition was between Joo Saehyuk and Alexander Shibaev. It was the third victory of the day for Europe after Shibaev sealed a sweeping victory.
Despite the 3-2 win in favour of Europe today, Asia still had more number of points to secure the overall victory. This year, Europe failed to defend as the Asian camp took over with 6-4.