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The Top Ten Points: Relive Athletic Rallies from Halmstad

A stunning display in the Halmstad Arena on the west coast of Sweden saw China’s Ma Long regain the Liebherr Men’s World Cup title on Sunday 18th October; he gave a series of most breath-taking of performances.

It was very clear from the very outset, even though he lost the first game in his quest to Egypt’s Omar Assar that he was a man with mission and it would take one of the sponsor’s bulldozers to stop him.

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered; Swift Victory for Ma Long in Halmstad

“Veni, Vidi, Vici”, like Julius Caesar after victory in 46 BC at the Battle of Zela; for Ma Long at the Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup in the Swedish town of Halmstad, it was “I came, I saw, I conquered”.

History records a fast decisive conquest for the Roman general; it was the same for the reigning World champion, he was intent on adding the Liebherr Men’s World Cup title to his list of triumphs. .

Fast Start, Ma Long Presses Accelerator, Fan Zhendong Overtakes

Top seed, China’s Ma Long, the runner up one year ago in the German city of Düsseldorf, underlined the fact that he is clearly intent on finishing one place higher at the Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup in Halmstad, Sweden.

On the morning of Sunday 18th October, he overcame Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the no.3 seed, in four straight games (11-4, 11-2, 11-7, 11-4) to reserve his place in the final. Thus he maintained his perfect record of never having suffered defeat against the reigning European champion, in what is now 12 meetings in international competition. .

Penultimate Round at First Attempt, Again Chuang Chih-Yuan Denied

Consistent, safe and secure, China’s Fan Zhendong brought the penultimate day of play, Saturday 17th October, to a close at the Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup in Halmstad, Sweden; he afforded a performance suggesting that he had played in the tournament umpteen times before.

In fact it was quite the reverse scenario; he was on debut, his adversary Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan was making no less than his 14th appearance, only Jean-Michel Saive, Jan-Ove Waldner and Vladimir Samsonov have played more; but as in all previous appearances since his debut in Jinan City in 2002, a place in the semi-final was denied.
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Status Prevails, Ma Long and Dimitrij Ovtcharov Book Semi-Final Places

Success for China’s Ma Long and Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov; status prevailed as play commenced in the quarter-finals of the Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup in the west coast Swedish city of Halmstad on the earlier evening of Saturday 17th October.

Ma Long, the top seed, accounted for Portugal’s Marcos Freitas, the no.5 seed, in four straight games (12-10, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6); he was followed by Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the no.3 seed, who recovered from an opening game deficit against Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.7 seed, to record a five games win (10-12, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8, 11-5).
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Knife-Edge, Main Draw by One Point, Quarter-Final by Two Points

He secured first place in his group on the opening day of play by one point; on the second day of action, Saturday 17th October, he emerged successful in the opening round of proceedings at the Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup by the minimal two point margin.

In the Swedish west coast town of Halmstad, it is life on the knife-edge for Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi; after beating Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia in seven games, before losing to Egypt’s Omar Assar in a second full distance duel; the 30 year old from São Paulo did not break with the tradition on day two.
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Successful One Day Earlier, End of Road One Day Later

A successful opening day for Austria’s Robert Gardos and Panagiotis Gionis of Greece, both having completed their first phase group matches unbeaten but on the second day of play, as matters commenced in the first round of proceedings at the Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup in Halmstad, Sweden, it was defeat.

Robert Gardos was beaten Japan’s Koki Niwa, the no.7 seed (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5); whilst Panagiotis Gionis suffered at the hands of Portugal’s Marcos Freitas and he did suffer, an injury forced him to withdraw at the end of the fifth game (10-12, 11-9, 10-12, 15-13, 11-3).
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