Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng, can incredible form be maintained?
Winners earlier in the month at the Dishang sponsored Men’s World Cup and Women’s World Cup tournaments in Weihai, the question posed on Saturday 20th November is can the Chinese duo of Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng maintain their incredible high level of consistency at the Bank of Communications 2020 ITTF Finals in Zhengzhou?
Can they continue their outstanding form and book final places?
Occupying the top seeded position in the draw, each starts as the semi-final favourite. In the men’s event at the semi-final stage Fan Zhendong plays Korea Republic’s surprise package Jang Woojin, the no.14 seed; in the counterpart women’s competition, Chen Meng confronts colleague Sun Yingsha, the no.3 seed.
Both are Weihai repeats. Chen Meng beat Sun Yingsha their women’s final encounter; one round earlier in the men’s competition Fan Zhendong defeated Jang Woojin.
A surprise semi-finalist, in the opposite half of the draw, in both the men’s and women’s events it is as anticipated. In the former Xu Xin, the no.2 seed, meets colleague Ma Long, the no.3 seed; for the women it is Japan’s Mima Ito, the no.2 seed versus China’s Wang Manyu, the no.4 seed.
Notably earlier this year Xu Xin overcame Ma Long in the men’s singles final at the 2020 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open; last year on the ITTF World Tour, Mima Ito accounted for Wang Manyu in China but the following week experienced defeat in Hong Kong.
All four semi-finals will be played to a completion on Saturday 21st November.
Fan Zhendong (CHN) v Jang Woojin (KOR) 14.50 – Saturday 21st November
Ma Long (CHN) v Xu Xin (CHN) 16.30 – Saturday 21st November
Chen Meng (CHN) v Sun Yingsha (CHN) 14.00 – Saturday 21st November
Wang Manyu (CHN) v Mima Ito (CHN) 15.40 – Saturday 21st November
Editor: Ian Marshall