Traditionalists would savour this rare encounter between two penhold players with Xu Xin displaying flashes of brilliance and also moments which left his fans puzzled. Wong Chun Ting did his best to match up and even took two games off the man he considers the master. Xu looked lethargic in his semi-final loss earlier in the day to Fan Zhendong and post-match explained that he was not well. That went a long way to explaining why he wasn’t at his usual best but he still had enough reserves to contain the challenge from Wong and take home the consolation 3rd place.
I gave my best in both my matches today. Reaching the final four here is an achievement for me and not something I expected coming here, so I am satisfied.
Wong Chun Ting
I woke up not feeling well today, maybe it’s the lethargy of several consecutive weeks of tournaments. Taking 3rd place here was not an easy feat. I want to thank my fans for bestowing me so many nicknames, that shows they love me and I would welcome more.”
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T2 Diamond Table Tennis League is the most prestigious series of annual professional events organised in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation. T2 Diamond 2019 will feature 32 of the world’s best men’s and women’s players competing across three tournaments for a combined prize purse of USD 1.5 million, and bonus ITTF World Ranking points as they battle their way to 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification. The revolutionary league employs a unique competition format and various other innovations that catapult table tennis into a truly entertaining spectator sport, whilst providing players with the ultimate environment in which to compete and excel.
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