All-Chinese final set for men's doubles at Asian table tennis champs

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-15 13:10:12|Editor: An
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WUXI, East China, April 15 (Xinhua) -- China secured a men's doubles trophy at the Asian table tennis championships here on Saturday ahead of the evening's final.

The hosts' two pairs nipped easy wins to reach final as Fan Zhendong/Lin Gaoyuan beat Japanese Koki Niwa/Maharu Yoshimura 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 and Fang Bo/Zhou Yu won over Wong Chun Ting/Ho Kwan Kit of Hong Kong, China 11-3, 11-8, 11-5.

In prospective to an All-Chinese final, Fang Bo said he and Zhou Yu would do their best.

"Fan and Lin are better players than us, technically and tactically. We need to do a lot of homework to prepare well for the final," said Fang, adding that they played seven sets during training against the other pair and lost 7-0.

Both the Chinese pairs were partnered with each others on provincial bases as Fan Zhendong pairs with world No. 3 Xu Xin for the coming world championships late in May while Ma Long partners Timo Boll of Germany.