Liu Guoliang, president of the Chinese language desk tennis affiliation (CTTA) mentioned he is glad regardless of three out of the entire 5 occasions not being received by the first-choice Olympic-bound gamers as China’s Olympic simulation ended right here on Sunday.
Among the many six members of the Chinese language squad for Tokyo 2020, desk tennis Grand Slam winner Ma Lengthy and reigning world champion Liu Shiwen suffered early exits within the males’s and girls’s singles quarterfinals respectively.
Chen Meng, the top-ranked feminine paddler on the planet, was overwhelmed within the ladies’s singles closing and Solar Yingsha was proven the door earlier within the semis, each shedding to Olympic substitute Wang Manyu.
In doubles play, Xu Xin/Liu Shiwen, the only real combined doubles pair to signify China within the upcoming Olympics, missed their likelihood to elevate the trophy after surrendering to 21-year-old duo Wang Chuqin/Solar Yingsha in seven full units, whereas Liu Shiwen/Chen Meng had been overwhelmed by Solar Yingsha/Wang Manyu within the ladies’s doubles closing.
Males’s World No. 1 Fan Zhendong was the one Olympian who lived as much as his repute, being topped within the males’s singles after beating one other Olympic males’s workforce member Xu Xin 4-3 in Sunday night’s closing and ending runner-up within the males’s doubles partnering Wang Chuqin.
Ma Lengthy and Xu Xin got here out the lads’s doubles eventual champions, as the lads’s and girls’s doubles occasions in Nanyang, utilizing the Olympic workforce occasions format, featured simply 4 pairs every, half of them being the Olympic-bound paddlers.
“I am really fairly glad with the outcomes and technique of the event simulating Olympic competitions right here,” mentioned Liu Guoliang, a Grand Slam winner himself earlier than turning right into a adorned coach and a senior official in each Chinese language and world desk tennis.
“It is not uncommon within the all-time main Chinese language workforce that a longtime paddler must play 110% of his or her regular stage in opposition to an upbeat teen, particularly when the Olympics has been delayed for one yr as a result of pandemic, giving the youthful technology time to develop stronger.
“In my view, it is a good factor to identify errors or weak spot from the Olympians days earlier than the grand occasion will get underway. It is going to assist us higher plan the next coaching and make extra particular plans in preparations for the Video games.
“Additionally, we’re simply glad that the youthful gamers have been sturdy sufficient to problem the present top-ranked ones. I consider they’re going to be prepared for the following Olympic circle as quickly as attainable,” he added.
Speaking concerning the objectives set for the Tokyo Olympic Video games desk tennis competitors, Liu mentioned that the Chinese language workforce is assured to take three out of 5 gold medals on provide, with an eye fixed on a clear sweep.
He declined to specify which three occasions the workforce is certainly positive of successful, however requested for time and house for the Olympic squad to tune up in their very own approach.
China has collected 28 out of 32 gold medals on provide for the reason that sport debuted on the Olympics in 1988, together with three straight clear sweeps within the current Video games since 2008.