Together as teammates at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, USA's Lily Zhang and Yue Wu were out in force again at the 2017 Leibherr ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany. They had powered through their two preliminary women's doubles matches with two 3-1 wins over Serbia/Italy and Portgual. The results put them into the main draw.
Their first match was more than a challenge, their round of 64 would see them face South Korea's Yang Haeun and Lee Zion. The South Koreans were the #5 seeds in the event, Yang the defending champion in the Mixed Doubles event and a top 25 ranked singles player. USA were the dominant force on the day with more great doubles displays from Lily Zhang, who had just before taken Fang Bo and Petrissa Solja to 7 games in the mixed doubles with Kunal Chodri (read more).
Wu and Zhang worked in perfect harmony with solid execution and tactics under the watchful eye of US Coach Jorg Bitzigeio. They held a 2-0 lead in the match as they surged into control. The Korean's worked hard to bounce back, bringing it back to 2-1 but USA were in fine form, both Wu and Zhang playing fantastic table tennis.
With a 3-1 lead for USA it was the Korean's who led 10-7, looking for a chance to fight back into the game, however some top plays from the US pairing say them claw the game back and seal out the match 4-1. An excellent way to end the day for the team, an unbelievable performance and result. This match paired with the amazing showing in the mixed doubles and the singles main draw qualifications had team USA ending the day on a very satisfied note.
MIXED DOUBLES MAIN DRAW