World junior champion beats Olympic gold medallist.
Crowned World Junior champion in the Indian city of Hyderabad in early December 2012, ZHU Yuling caused a huge upset on the penultimate day of play at the ITTF 2013 World Tour Kuwait Open.
In an all-Chinese duel, 18-year-old ZHU Yuling, occupying the no 12 seeded position in the draw, beat LI Xiaoxia, the no.3 seed and gold medal winner in both the Women's Singles and Women's Team events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
ZHU Yuling won in six games (11-13, 11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-9).
Japan's Jun Mizutani, the no 7 seed and winner of the Men's Singles title one year ago in February 2012, was beaten at the quarter-final stage in five games by Ma Long (9-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10); whilst earlier in the day, Feng Yalan had suffered a defeat in the same round of the Women's Singles event. The no 9 seed, she was beaten by Chinese National Team colleague, Ding Ning, the reigning World champion and the top seed in Kuwait. Ding Ning secured victory in six games (11-7, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10).
At the semi-final stage of the Women's Singles event, Ding Ning meets Singapore's FENG Tianwei, the no.4 seed; Zhu Yuling confronts her team mate, Liu Shiwen, the no 2 seed.
In the round of the last eight Feng Tianwei accounted for Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa, the no 7 seed (11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8); Liu Shiwen defeated Korea's Seok Hajung, the no 15 seed (11-6, 12-10, 13-11, 11-8).
In the Men’s section, MA Long confronts Xu Xin, the no 1 seed; Wang Hao, the no 4 seed faces Zhang Jike, the no 2 seed.
In the quarter-finals, Xu Xin accounted for Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the no 6 seed (11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6); Wand Hao overcame Chinese Taipei's CHUANG Chih-Yuan, the no 5 seed (11-5, 11-8, 11-4, 11-3) with Zhang Jike, the reigning Olympic and World champion bringing the day to a conclusion.
Similarly, the Men's Doubles event saw China in total control; Ma Long and Zhang Jike meet Xu Xin and Yan An in the final.
In the penultimate round Ma Long and Zhang Jike, the top seeds, beat Korea's Kim Minseok and Seo Hyundeok, the no 4 seeds (7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5); whilst XU Xin and Yan An, the no 3 seeds ousted Singapore's Gao Ning and LI Hu, the no.2 seeds (11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5).
Meanwhile, in the counterpart Women's Doubles event, the final sees Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia, the no 2 seeds, confront the Japanese partnership of Kasumi Ishikawa and Misaki Morizano.
Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia overcame colleagues Feng Yalan and Liu Shiwen in the semi-finals (12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9); Kasumi Ishikawa and Misaki Morizano defeated the Chinese partnership of Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling.
The Japanese duo won the match in five games (7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11,11-7) but later owing to a racket irregularity, Chen Meng was disqualified and thus the Japanese duo received a walk-over.
The finals in the tournament will be held later on today