by Henry Chen
Impressively, Xu Xin beat both Fan Shengpeng (11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9) and Liang Jinkun (8-11, 11-9, 17-15, 12-10), with Jeoung Youngsik and Shang Kun combining to add the one further win. They won the doubles, accounting for Cheng Jingqi and Fan Shengpeng in the third match of the fixture (7-11, 11-7, 7-2). The one win for Bazhou was recorded in the second match of the fixture when Liang Jinkun overcame Shang Kun (11-9, 11-7, 11-3).
Recovery from defeat, it was somewhat similar for Bayi, who in the previous round had experienced a three-nil defeat at the hands of Shandong Luneng, they recorded a three-one win against Shenzhen.
Mainstay of the victory was Zhou Yu, he beat both Joo Saehyuk (9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-8) and Ren Hao (11-5, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7). The one further win for Bayi was recorded by Fan Zhendong in the opening match of the fixture, for Shenzhen the one success came in the doubles, when Cui Qinglei and Liu Jikang overcame Zhao Zhaoyan and Zhou Kai (7-11, 11-9, 11-7).
Meanwhile for Ma Long it was a day off from competing; nevertheless, despite the absence of the Olympic and World champion, league leaders Shandinf Weiqiao maintained the one hundred per cent record; they beat Sichuan by three matches to nil
Yan An accounted for Yan Sheng (6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10), before Lin Gaoyuan beat Xu Ruifeng (7-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9) and the combination of Lin Gaoyuan and Xue Fei brought matters to an end. Lin Gaoyuan and Xue Fei overcame Lai Jiaxin and Zhu Linfeng in three games (3-11, 11-8, 7-3).
A three-one success for Bayi and Shanghai; it was the same margin of victory for Shandong Luneng in opposition to Jiangsu.
Fang Bo proved the player in form; he accounted for both Chuang Chih-Yuan (11-8, 11-9, 11-9) and Zheng Peifeng (9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8). The one further success for Shandong Luneng was secured in the doubles when Hao Shuai and Zhang Chao overcame Cai Wei and Sun Wen (11-5, 11-3); the one success for Jiangsu came courtesy Zheng Peifeng; in the second match of the fixture he overcame Zhang Chao (11-7, 4-11, 11-5, 11-5).
Comprehensive wins, no need for a deciding fifth match; that was not the situation for Tianjin against Anhui, a three-two win for the former was the outcome.
Notably the pivotal player was Liu Dingshuo, the player who one year ago in France had won the Boys’ Singles title at the World Junior Championships.
He beat Yu Ziyang (11-9, 12-10, 11-6), the young man crowned World Junior champion one year earlier in Shanghai, before teaming with Wei Shihao to secure the doubles in opposition to Wong Chun Ting and Zhou Qihao (11-8, 7-11, 7-2.
Meanwhile, one remaining win for Tianjin was posted in the vital fifth match of the engagement when Fan Yinchi accounted for Liu Yi (9-11, 11-9, 7-2). The wins for Anhui were both recorded at the hands of Ma Te; he was beaten by Zhou Qihao in the opening match of the fixture and by Yu Ziyang in the fourth contest (9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6).
At the end of the 18 rounds of play, the top four teams qualify for the play-offs.
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