Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling reached the World Cup final in the women's singles on Sunday. The 13-year-old Japanese Tomokazu Harimoto continues to cause a sensation and is in the quarterfinal.
In the semi-finals, Ding Ning successfully conquered Japan's shooting star Miu Hirano for the bitter defeat at the Asian Championships in April. The title defendants and the World Nr. 1 Ding Ning did not leave any doubts who currently is the best woman in the World and succeeded in five sets. "After the defeats at the Asian Championships, the whole Chinese team felt a lot of pressure. I've been very good and hard prepared, trying to think about the match today and not the past match. Addressing the atmosphere in the fair, Ding Ning said, "It's really great atmosphere. It is always fun to play in Germany, because the audience is very interested and know when to make noise and when it should be quiet. I enjoy it very much. "
A disappointed Miu Hirano could not repeat the surprise from the Asian Championships. "I am happy about the bronze medal for Japan, but I am very sad to have lost today. The game has slipped from my hands right from the start and I had no way to change this, "said the 17-year-old Hirano.
Zhu Yuling beats Liu Shiwen in third
In the second semi-finals, Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling delivered a stunning fight. Liu, was on the winner's road, but Zhu Yuling won the final seventh set. "I was highly concentrated and my fans supported me loudly. I am very happy about the win, it was the first time I could beat Liu Shiwen, "said Zhu Yuling, who takes part in the WTTC final for the first time.
13-year-old Harimoto in the quarter-finals
The triumph of the miracle boy from Japan continues. "I do not want to lose a child," Pistej said before the match. But it happened in five sets. Harimoto will face the winner of the Chinese game Xu Xin and Lin Gaoyuan. "I did not think I would reach the quarter-finals and I do not think about the final or the title yet. I just look from game to game. Today I did not play so well, I have to get better. Also participants at quarterfinal are Sangsu (Korea) and Wong Chun-Ting (Hong Kong). The world seventh-seventh Wong defeated Korea's Jeong Sangeun, and Lee Sangsu did not give any chance to Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus). "Lee was very quick, too fast for me today, I tried to find my game, but I gave away to many easy points," said Samsonov.