28 Dec 2016

Scheduled to commence on Thursday 29th December and conclude on Saturday 31st December, the play-offs in the Chinese Women's Super League will witness star names in action. Zhu Yuling, Mu Zi and Wu Yang plus Olympic and World champion Liu Shiwen, will be in action in Anhui.

The semi-final draw shows that Shandong Luneng will face Bayi; Shandong Qilu will have to challenge Anxin.

by Henry Chen 

Shandong Luneng, Anxin, Shandong Qilu, and Bayi were the four strongest teams to emerge in the preliminary stage after 18 rounds of battle.

Now, these four teams will enter into the play-off stage where winning is the only available option. The second stage of the competition will be played on a knock-out basis.

Shandong Luneng, as the top placed team in the league, was awarded with the opportunity to choose their opponent for the semi-final round. Zhu Yuling and company surprisingly selected the fourth ranking team, Bayi.

In the second round of the preliminary stage, Shandong Luneng suffered a three-two defeat against Bayi; their first loss in the season.

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Zhu Yuling led Shandong Luneng to the 2016 Chinese Super League Play-Offs. (Photo from People Sports China)

Zhu Yuling was the only player to  deliver the goods for Luneng. She crushed Sun Mingyang in the second match (11-3, 11-4, 11-3) and defeated Bayi’s top player Mu Zi in the fourth match (9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5). The remaining matches all went in favour of Bayi.

Mu Zi set the show on the road by overcoming Li Xiaodan (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5). The doubles match went to Bayi with Liu Xin and Sun Mingyang accounting for Gu Yuting and Li Xiaodan (8-11, 12-10, 11-9) before Hu Limei defeated Gu Yuting in the decider (8-11, 11-7, 7-4).

Shandong Luneng redeemed themselves in the second encounter, overcoming Bayi in three-one overall score.

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Wu Yang, the main player for Shandong Qilu (Photo from China News)

Meanwhile, the Anxin Team has enjoyed the upper hand against Shandong Qilu. In their two encounters during the preliminary stage, Anxin has emerged victorious. Liu Shiwen and company recorded a three-nil win against Qilu, led by Wu Yang, in the sixth round and then later, in the 15th round recorded a three-one win..

The women’s semi-final  will take place on Thursday 29th December; the winners will then proceed into the final round where the champion team will receive a prize of US$ 64,000.

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