World No.1 paddler Ma Long reaches final in Rio Olympics

| Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 21:35
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Ma Long beat Japanese Jun Mizutani 4-2 and made the table tennis men's singles final

Rio de Janeiro: World No.1 Ma Long overcame a late stumble to beat sixth-ranked Japanese Jun Mizutani 4-2 and made the table tennis men's singles final at the Olympic Games here on Thursday.
Leading 3-0 on sets, the 27-year-old Ma trailed 4-8 in the fourth set with several extra high-level forehand hits from Mizutani, reports Xinhua.
Nailing three points in a row to narrow the gap to 7-8, Ma seemed confident to launch a comeback to seal the victory, but failed to resist his rival' s top spin attack and lost it 11-7.
Almost the same process repeated in the following set, which Ma was edged 12-10, but the world championships and World Cup title holder took back control of the game in the sixth and nipped it 11-5 to round up the semi-final clash.
Later on Thursday, Ma' s fellow Chinese Zhang Jike, the Grand Slam winner and defending champion here, will meet 40-year-old Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus.

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