The Swede Mattias Falck is the only European player at the World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest for a place in the men’s singles final. The 27-year-old won 4-1 in the quarter-final against Frenchman Simon Gauzy and meets South Korea’s Jaehyun An on Saturday, who defeated his compatriot Jang Woojin 4: 3.
Jang would have been in the second round of the opponent of European Champion Timo Boll (Dusseldorf), who had to withdraw because of a febrile illness from singles and doubles. Boll was the last German in the individual, before him were already the world ranking eldest Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Hameln / Orenburg) and Patrick Franziska (Saarbrücken) failed.
The second finalist is determined by Olympic champion and defending champion Ma Long and 22-year-old Liang Jingkun (both from China). For the first time since the World Cup win of the Austrian Werner Schlager in 2003, there is no purely Chinese World Cup final.
This is different in the women’s singles, the final play Liu Shiwen, World Cup Second in 2013 and 2015, as well as the two-time World Cup champion Cheng Meng. Liu surprisingly ended the ambitions of Olympic champion and defending champion Ding Ning in the semi-final.