Lin Yun-Ju pulled off the biggest win of his career upsetting Chinese great Ma Long in a match he gave himself little chance of winning just 24 hours earlier. In truth, not many would have given the 17-year-old from Taiwan much chance against a player who is acknowledged as one of the best of all time. That perhaps played in Lin’s favour as he played with a “nothing to lose” mentality. Ma took the opening game but the signs were there that an upset could be on the cards as he had to fight back from 3-7 down. Lin levelled scores in a surprising manner, closing out the game after taking a 10-1 lead. Ma produced his best in the third game, dominating in the way fans are familiar with. Again, the Taiwanese teenager fought back, going for his shots and winning after going 9-6 up. Into the FAST5, the pressure was on Ma to seize the initiative, and perhaps that made him too hasty as he went 3-0 behind and was unable to come back. Ma got to game point in Game 6 but Lin played the next two points superbly to close out a victory that left him speechless.
Well, that was a match. A loss is a loss. I want to thank to all the fans for supporting and hope they continue to watch table tennis.
She played really well. I kept getting early leads but simply could not push on. We know each other well and the first two games went by quickly but I wasn’t able to get into a proper rhythm.
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