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Imperious China through to semis

China seem to be streets ahead of their opponents so far
China have yet to be seriously tested in these Games

China's domination of the table tennis continued unabated as the men's and women's teams both cruised into the semi-finals with ease.

The men secured comprehensive 3-0 defeats of both Australia and Austria, while the women enjoyed a similar result against the Austrians.

"We're getting better match by match and getting more used to the atmosphere here," said men's coach Liu Guoliang.

"Beating Austria was our best match yet against our strongest opponent."

The men's toughest match saw world champion Wang Hao get himself out of difficulty after unexpectedly struggling against Australia's world number 147 William Henzell.

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"The main thing is that it was good mental training for me, mastering the pressure, which will be a big help for other matches," said Wang.

Henzell, who won the first game and got to 10-10 in the second, said: "It feels a bit bitter that I couldn't get across the line but it was the match of my life."

In the second match against Austria, Ma Lin and Wang finished things off with a 11-7 5-11 11-4 11-9 win in the doubles.

China's women were no less ruthless, with all the matches going their way.

"In the next round all the possible opponents are quite strong, so preparing is the key," said women's world number one Zhang Yining.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 4 2 2 8
Men's Singles 1 1 1
Men's Team 1 0 0
Women's Singles 1 1 1
Women's Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forGermany 0 1 0 1
Men's Team 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forSingapore 0 1 0 1
Women's Team 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 2 2
Men's Team 0 0 1
Women's Team 0 0 1

see also
China dominate table tennis event
13 Aug 08 |  Table Tennis
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Table tennis tactics
04 Aug 08 |  Table Tennis


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