Only Chinese players remain in the women’s singles draw at the International Table Tennis Federation Qatar Open after Sun Yingsha and Liu Shiwen won their quarter-finals today.
World number one Ding Ning and compatriot Wang Manyu made it through yesterday’s matches and now they have been joined by two more of China’s stars.
Even before today’s matches at the Platinum World Tour event, the semi-finals were guaranteed to be all-Chinese.
Yingsha, 18, was the first to make it through today as she beat He Zhuojia 6-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 at ANHA Arena in Doha.
She will face world number five Shiwen, who beat world number 44 Wang Yidi in the last quarter-final 11-2, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4.
In the men’s draw, the quarter-finals and semi-finals went ahead today, the end result being that China are guaranteed the title as Ma Long will play Lin Gaoyuan in the final.
Reigning world and Olympic champion Long advanced from the last four with a 4-2 victory over compatriot and world number two Xu Xin.
In the last match of the day, team world champion Gaoyuan beat Sweden's Mattias Falck 4-3.