by Henry Chen
“Today’s match was very intense. During our preparatory meeting, many were saying we should prepare for Shandong Weiqiao. I think we have done more than enough preparation for the difficulties that we have had to face”, Wang Hao
Shandong Weiqiao was the top ranked team expected to reach the final round; but lo and behold, Ma Long and company were overwhelmed by Bazhou in the semi-finals. Hence, it was Bayi versus Bazhou for the final.
Four matches in the final duel and the result was declared: Bayi triumphed over Bazhou and finally secured the precious trophy after fifteen years of the competition.
“This championship may not be the most important title in my life but it is the way that I have to follow to being the best coach”, Wang Hao
Wang Hao first served the Bayi Team as coach in 2015 where they lost the final against Ningbo, Ma Long’s former team.
Fan Zhendong definitely lived up to the expectations. He was the backbone of success.
In the final, Fan Zhendong survived a tough challenge by Wang Chuqin, he lost the first two games before recovering to win (9-11, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 7-5).
“Fan Zhendong was able to recover after a zero-two deficit today. He raised the banner for Bayi and led the team to the championship. Fan Zhendong has a great potential”, Wang Hao
Wang Hao, of course is not just grateful for Fan Zhendong’s efforts but everyone from their team who contributed to their success.
“Thanks to our team players and to the logistics and staff of the club for providing their service”, Wang Hao