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World No.1 Fan upset in WTT Champions Macao quarterfinals

MACAO, April 21 (Xinhua) — World No. 1 Fan Zhendong of China was surprised by France’s Alexis Lebrun within the males’s singles quarterfinals on the World Table Tennis (WTT) Champions Macao on Friday, the fifth day of the weeklong event.

With a sensational 3-2 victory over Fan (11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9), the 19-year-old Lebrun grew to become the primary European participant to defeat Fan since Dimitrij Ovtcharov’s 3-2 victory on the WTT Cup Finals Xinxiang 2022 final October.

Lebrun set the tone early on and relied on his unforgiving tempo to lift the stress contained in the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion till the top.

“I feel amazing! He’s the World No.1. He played very, very good, so I think I did amazing today and reached my peak service game,” mentioned Lebrun after the match.

Ranked at No.1050 within the World as not too long ago as January 2022, World No.22 Lebrun has loved an astonishing rise to prominence over the previous 15 months.

Another large awaits Lebrun on Day 6 with double Olympic champion Ma Long, who superior to the semifinals after beating Hugo Calderano of Brazil in straight video games 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.

Calderano overextended his attain in sport two of the high-intensity match and fell to the ground in ache, however he managed to return to his toes.

Defending champion Wang Chuqin of China fought onerous to defeat South Korea’s Jang Woojin 3-2 (11th of September, 11-3, 13-15, 11-8, 11-7), whereas third seed Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan edged Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic 3-1 (11-8, 11th of September, 11-5, 11-7).

In the ladies’s singles quarterfinals, Chinese gamers landed sweeping victories to assert all of the locations within the final 4.

World No.1 Sun Yingsha steamrolled Romania’s Bernadette Szocs 11-6, 11-3, 11-7, whereas Olympic champion Chen Meng overwhelmed Japan’s Hina Hayata 11-3, 11-7, 11-2.

Elsewhere, second seed Wang Manyu noticed off her compatriot Qian Tianyi 3-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6), and world No.3 Wang Yidi posted a straight-games win over Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei 12-10, 11-5, 11-5.