19 Nov 2016

Surprisingly beaten by Liu Jikang in the opening match of the season, Ma Long set the record straight, as matters commenced in the second half of the fixtures in the Chinese Men’s Super League on Saturday 19th November.

The four games defeat (15-13, 11-9, 5-11, 11-5) had been the only reverse for Shandong Weiqiao in their three-one success against Shenzhen; when the teams met again the outcome was the same, the one difference was that the record of Ma Long was unblemished.

by Henry Chen

Ma Long beat both Liu Jikang (11-2, 11-7, 11-4) and Joo Saehyuk (11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6) with Lin Gaoyuan and Xue Fei combining to win the doubles at the expense of Liu Jikang and Ren Hao (6-11, 12-10, 11-3). The one success for Shenzhen was recorded by Joo Saehyuk; in the second match of the fixture, he beat Yan An (5-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8).

Success for Shandong Weiqiao; there were also successes for Bayi, Bazhou, Shandong Luneng and Shanghai; Bazhou being very much the surprise outfit being without any elite Chinese national team member in their line-up.

The player to shine for Bazhou has been Liang Jingkun. Against Anhui, once again he shone. He proved the backbone of the three matches to two Bazhou win; he beat both Wong Chun Ting (11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 7-4) and Yu Ziyang (9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-5). The one further win for Bazhou was recorded by Cheng Jingqi; in the vital fifth match of the fixture, he overcame Liu Yi (11-8, 9-11, 7-3).

Meanwhile, the wins for Anhui were recorded by Yu Ziyang against Fan Shenpeng in the opening match of the fixture (11-8, 11-8, 11-7) and by Zhou Qihao and Wong Chun Ting in the doubles when facing Cheng Jingqi and Fan Shengpeng (11-9, 11-9).

A hard fought success for Bazhou, for Shanghai, Shandong Luneng and Bayi, life was less dramatic; three matches to nil wins were the order of the day.

Shanghai with Jeoung Youngsik, Shang Kun and Xu Xin on duty, beat the Sichuan outfit comprising Zhu Linfeng, Lai Jiaxin, Xu Ruifeng and Yan Sheng; whilst Shandong Luneng represented by Zhang Chao, Fang Bo and Hao Shuai overcame the Tianjin trio comprising Ma Te, Fang Yinchi and Yu Xinhang.

Likewise, not to be upstaged, Bayi with Fan Zhendong, Zhou Kai and Zhao Zhaoyan in action, accounted for the Jiangsu line-up formed by Chuang Chih-Yuan, Kong Lingxuan and Sun Wen.

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