Chuang ad­vances to Asian ta­ble ten­nis con­test semi­fi­nals

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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

in

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.

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