29 Sep 2018

Defending champion, the top seed, China’s Zhu Yuling made her intentions crystal clear on the evening of Saturday 29th September at the Uncle Pop 2018 ITTF Women's World Cup in Chendgu; she reserved her semi-final in style. In four straight games, she accounted for Austria’s Sofia Polcanova, the no.8 seed (11-6, 14-12, 11-8, 11-4).

She was followed by Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.4 seed, who in a rather more exacting contest ended the hopes of Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, he no.7 seed (8-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Defeat for Sofia Polcanova but she underlined the fact that she is now able to compete with the best in the world; in the past year she has made notable progress. Staying close to table, she matched Zhu Yuling for speed.

In the third game she had a major opportunity to reduce the match deficit. She established an 8-5 lead, playing error free and following her service time and again with a fearsome forehand directed towards the body of Sofia Polcanova, Zhu Yuling won the next six points to establish a three games to nil lead, at 8-6 the Austrian having taken a “Time Out”. There was now no stopping Zhu Yuling, she dominated the fourth game, a semi-final place was reserved.

“Today I came fully prepared; this the first time I have played Sofia; I had foreseen that I would meet some difficulties. I am very satisfied with my performance. Today she had a very good mind-set and was very strong in her attacking play; that’s why the score was very close in the second and third games.” Zhu Yuling

Success for Zhu Yuling was followed by success for Cheng I-Ching, a contest in which she had to recover from a two games to nil deficit, the crucial game being the fourth, a game in which Doo Hoi Kem established a 5-1 lead but could not capitalise on the advantage. Cheng I-Ching recovered, won the game by the minimal two point margin and never looked back.

In the fifth game she hit a purple patch to lead 9-1; in the sixth it was no different, Doo Hoi Kem electing for “Time Out” when losing 5-2. At 10-3 Cheng I-Ching held seven match points, she needed just one.

“I just told myself to calm down when I was two-nil behind. I think the key to this victory is that I carried out the tactics very firmly on court. In the semi-final, I will meet China’s Zhu Yuling. I will just try my best and enjoy the match.” Cheng I-Ching

The semi-final between Zhu Yuling and Cheng I-Ching is scheduled fo 10.30 am on Sunday 30th September.

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