19 Apr 2024

Stage 2 is kicking off today at the ITTF Men's and Women's World Cup Macao 2024 and the excitement is palpable! Stay tuned for all the latest updates and highlights as the action unfolds!

Full match schedules and live results are available here and you can catch the action live in this link.

Matches in Stage 2 will return to best of seven format.

Wang Chuqin closes off the night with a bang

In a mesmerising match, Wang Chuqin overpowers Hugo Calderano leaving fans at the Galaxy Arena shocked. Wang held his cool and secured his victory 4-2 (9-1111-97-1111-411-813-11) moving to the next round where he’ll face Jang Woojin.

Hina Hayata secures quarterfinal spot after thrilling seven setter 

Hina Hayata advances to the next round after a thrilling showdown that went the distance against Shin Yubin. In a tense back-and-forth decider match, Hayata clinches the victory with a score of 13-11, securing a hard-fought 4-3 win (11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Shunsuke Togami’s World Cup dream stays alive 

Following a remarkable performance in the group stage, Shunsuke Togami continues to ride his momentum, keeping his World Cup dreams alive with a convincing victory over 2023 African Cup winner Omar Assar. In a hard-fought match, Togami triumphs 4-1 (11-7, 12-14, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3), securing his spot in the quarterfinals. His next challenge awaits in the form of two-time Men’s World Cup winner Ma Long, promising an intense showdown tomorrow.

Back from the brink: reigning champion Fan Zhendong through to quarterfinals 

In a thrilling match-up, defending champion Fan Zhendong advances to the next round after a nail-biting encounter with World Youth Champion Lin Shidong. Despite a rocky start, Fan stages an incredible comeback from a 3-1 deficit, ultimately clinching victory with a tense 15-13 win in the decider match.

Adriana Diaz smooth ride to quarterfinals 

Adriana Diaz secures her spot in the quarterfinals with a flawless performance, defeating Sofia Polcanova 4-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9) in the first match of session 2.

Jang Woojin secures his quarterfinal spot upsetting 6th seed Lin Yun-Ju 

In a stunning comeback, Jang Woojin rallies from a 2-0 deficit to overpower 6th seed Lin Yun-Ju with a score of 4-2 (11-13, 5-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5), securing his spot in the quarterfinals. With this impressive victory, Jang is aiming to surpass his 2020 Men’s World Cup result where he reached the semi-finals.

Close call for Miu Hirano

Miu Hirano narrowly avoids an upset as she triumphs over Jeon Jihee in a hard-fought battle, securing her place in the quarterfinals with a 4-3 victory (3-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6). Although Jeon initially took the lead by claiming the first two games, she struggled to maintain her momentum as Miu fought back, seizing control with a 3-2 advantage and ultimately clinching the win. Now, Miu prepares to face defending champion Chen Meng in what promises to be an electrifying quarterfinal match.

Upset Alert: Anton Kallberg halts Liang Jingkun’s comeback 

Anton Kallberg puts a halt to Liang Jingkun’s comeback in a mesmerizing showdown, clinching victory in the decider match (3-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6), leaving fans in Macao utterly stunned by the sheer intensity and skill showcased by both Kallberg and Liang.

Ma Long halts Felix Lebrun’s debut Men’s World Cup run  

In an enthralling clash of youth versus experience, Ma Long puts a halt to 17-year-old Felix Lebrun’s World Cup debut in a thrilling back-and-forth encounter. Ma Long secures the match 4-2 (11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8) in a testament to his seasoned prowess and skill.

Following the match, Ma commended Lebrun’s progress since their first encounter in 2022.

‘His progress speaks for itself. I think everyone can see how the Lebruns have grown. Felix was a very young player for me in 2022, he surely still is this year. However, his achievements and consistency are evident to all. Now, he has risen to world no.5 and has won quite a few titles. His performance in Europe is also among the most stable, so I believe his progress is undeniable. Whether it’s Alexis or Felix, the desire for victory and fighting spirit they display in every match is truly respectable.’

As the first ranked player after team China, Lebrun currently claims the 5th ranking spot on the Men’s World Rankings. Ma was all jokes, commenting on the young Frenchman’s future ranking, quipping, “When I retire next year, he could be top 4.”

First upset of the day: Miwa Harimoto knocks out third seed Wang Yidi 

Day 4 starts with an explosion of talent as 15-year-old Miwa Harimoto makes a stunning entrance, knocking out third seed Wang Yidi in a thrilling 4-1 victory (12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 16-14). The exhilarating match captivates fans at the Galaxy Arena, setting the stage for an electrifying start to the main draw. Over in the Men’s Singles, Lin Gaoyuan secures his spot in the quarterfinals by thwarting Darko Jorgic’s attempted comeback, ultimately prevailing 4-2 (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 11-8).


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