The People's Republic of China defeated Japan, the holders, 5-3 win the men's team event in the Asian table tennis championships in Yokahama, Japan, on Sunday (7 April).
The People's Republic of China defeated Japan, the holders, 5-3 win the men's team event in the Asian table tennis championships in Yokahama, Japan, on Sunday (7 April). As a result, the Chinese were the only undefeated team in the eight-nation round-robin finals.
But Sunday's eight-game contest fluctuated entertainingly before the Chinese won through. In the first match -- featured in this coverage -- Japan's Nobuhiko Hasegawa managed to beat Hsi En-tin despite losing the first game. The result: 17-21, 21-12, 21-18.
The Chinese, however, proved formidable opponents and finally upset the top-seeded Japanese team.
On the same day, there was a complete reversal in the women's team event, where the Japanese beat the Chinese -- the holders -- to win the title.
SYNOPSIS: In the first game -- Hsi En-ting of the Chinese team on the left serving against Japan's Nobuko Hasegawa, and winning a couple of good points on the way to taking the first game 21-17.
Hasegawa bounced right back to take the second game 21-12. The match enthralled the crowd at yokohama Gymnasium with some superb rallies. His En-ting took this hard-fought point.
Hasegawa serving for match point. And he won this final game 21-18 to take the match. But the Chinese took the team event, winning five of the eight matches against the Japanese. There was later a complete reversal in the women's team event, won by Japan when they beat the holders -- the Chinese team.