by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor (Interviews by Hung Yen Lin)
Success but it was hard earned success; at the semi-final stage they had to recover from a two games to nil deficit to beat Chinese Chen Chien-An and Chiang Hung-Chieh (12-14, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-7, 11-3), before in the final accounting for Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon in one game less (12-10, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9).
Similarly, for Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon, the place in the final was hard earned. In the penultimate round, they had to stave off a brave recovery from Lee Chia-Sheng and Liao Cheng-Ting, also from Chinese Taipei (11-4, 11-5, 17-15, 8-11, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7).
“Today we had so many matches, maybe six matches. We are very tired, but we maintained very good concentration so we could win. Our opponents have very a understanding for doubles. We had very good communication during the match. The tournament is tough, every night we stay so late, I don’t know why. The time schedule is not so good but many fans come here to support us and we are very happy.” Masataka Morizono.
A busy day for Masataka Moriziono, in addition to the medals gathered in the Men’s Team and Men’s Doubles events, he has a Men’s Singles medal waiting; in every event there are two bronze medals.
Earlier in the day he beat Australia’s Erny Tsao (11-8, 11-4, 11-6, 11-2), Giorgis Konstantinpolous of Greece (11-6, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4) and Jang Woojin (4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8) to reach the Men’s Singles semi-finals.
In the penultimate round Masataka Morizono faces Frenchman, Alexandre Robinot; in the opposite half of the draw, Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An confronts DPR Korea’s Pak Sin Hyok.
At the quarter-final stage, Alexandre Robinot beat Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting (11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4), Chen Chien-An caused Korea Republic more gloom by ousting Lim Jonghoon (12-10, 8-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7), whilst Pak Sin Hyok ended the hopes of Masaki Yoshida, like Masataka Morizono from Japan (4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8).
The semi-finals and final of the Men’s Singles event will be played on Tuesday 29th August, the closing day of action in the table tennis events at the 2017 Summer Universiade.
2017 Summer Universiade: Table Tennis Events – Tuesday 22nd to Tuesday 29th August