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Lin Yun-ju loses in semifinals at Asian Table Tennis Championships

09/10/2023 06:17 PM
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Taiwan's paddler Lin Yun-ju. CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) fell short of a spot in the men's singles final at the 2023 Asian Table Tennis Championships in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after losing in the last four to China's Ma Long (馬龍) Sunday.

Sunday's semifinal saw Olympic champion Ma dispatch Lin, the world No.7, in straight games, 8-11, 4-11, 8-11, to record his fifth victory in eight meetings between the pair.

In the first game, Lin established an early 7-6 but failed to hold the advantage and lost 8-11 to Ma.

While Lin tried to rally in the second, sustained pressure from Ma saw the Chinese paddler open up a 5-point lead without reply before closing out the game 4-11.

Lin started the third better, going up 2-0, but was beaten back by Ma, who eventually won the game 8-11 and with it the match.

With medals awarded to both losing semifinalists, Lin's performance on Sunday brought his personal medal tally at this year's championships to three, having won an earlier bronze in the mixed doubles and a silver in the team event.

The biennial Asian Table Tennis Championship takes place this year from Sept. 3-10.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Yang)


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