Chuang advances to Asian table tennis contest semifinals
Taiwan’s Chuang Chih-yuan (
) topped Ho Kwan Kit of Hong Kong 4-1 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the men’s singles at the 2015 ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.
Chuang, ranked 11th
the world in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings, defeated the world No. 68 Ho 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5.
By advancing to the semifinals, where he will face world No. 3 Fan Zhendong of China, the 34-yearold Chuang has guaranteed himself a bronze medal, his first singles medal at the Asian Championships in his extensive career.
Chuang was unimpressed by the milestone, saying that winning medals often depended on the luck of the draw.
“The most important thing about making it this far is whether I play at the level that I expect of myself,” he said.
Chuang has previously won a medal at the championships, a bronze medal in the men’s doubles in 2005 with Chiang Peng-lung, who won Taiwan’s only gold in men’s singles in the history of the event in 2000.
The veteran Taiwanese will be hard pressed to advance any further in this year’s tournament, having lost all three of his head-tohead meetings with Fan, including two this year.
The 22nd Asian Table Tennis Championships are being held in Pattaya from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3.