No pressure in all-Chinese final: Fan Zhengdong
Fan Zhengdong speaks ahead of the World Table Tennis Championships doubles final.
Suzhou (China), May 2 (IANS): Rising Chinese star Fan Zhengdong teamed up with Zhou Yu to beat a Japanese team for the men's doubles final at the World Table Tennis Championships here on Saturday. Fan, however, feels no pressure that they will be playing against another Chinese pair in the final.
Fan-Zhou whitewashed Japan's Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa 4-0 in the semifinals while home favourites and Chinese teammates Zhang Jike and Xu Xin took the other final berth after beating a South Korean team to set up an all-Chinese men's doubles final, reports Xinhua.
"It will be an all-Chinese final and the pressure will be mounting on their side. We want to win so bad," said Fan, who was in control throughout the semifinal, winning 11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6.
"We prepared for the game well and came here to fight and the game went well. This is the first time I played the men's doubles semis so was really excited. We studied their routine, where they usually place the ball. That way we can predict where they will place the ball and we were in position."
Fan, the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics champion, will also play against German veteran Timo Boll in the men's singles quarterfinal.
"I know this day would come right after I saw the draw and I'm looking forward to playing against him. It's a great opportunity to play against such a competitive player in the quarterfinal of the World Championships."