IT’S GERMANY vs GERMANY, TAIWAN vs TAIWAN and CHINA vs CHINA
The 2017 China Open has reached the concluding stages with only the men’s semi-finals and final remaining as well as the final of the women.
The men’s semi-finals ensure that the final will have the same make-up as Taiwan’s Chang Jung-Lin vs Cheng Yu-Hsuan and the other semi-final features German players Thorsten Hohmann and Joshua Filler. In the women’s final, Chen Siming will play against Liu Shasha.
Chang has played very well to reach the semis, he defeated world number 1, Ko Pin-Yi, former world champion, Ralf Souquet, and Ko Ping-Chung, Pin-Yi’s younger brother. Cheng has performed equally as well defeating Ahmad Taufiq, Jayson Shaw and Carlo Biado to earn his place in the semi-final. This his expected to be a great match between two great players, the score line should be close.
In the other semi-final, it’s old versus new. Thorsten Hohmann is former world champion and prolific winner of tournaments around the world. He has been a top player for many years and is still ranked at world number 13. His opponent, Joshua Filler is a new recruit to world pool, but already with some impressive scalps under his belt. Filler recently won the Junior’s European Championship and is a participant at the World Games next month in Poland. Hohmann defeated Niels Feijen, Wang Can and Mateusz Sniegocki to reach his semi-final and Filler had victories over Francisco Ruiz, Marco Teutscher and current world champion, Albin Ouschan.
The women’s final is an all China affair and promises another great match between two of the best players in the game. Liu Shasha has been twice world champion and she is up against her great rival Chen Siming, world ranked number 2 and recent winner of the Amway Cup. This will be the final match of the China Open and will commence after the completion of the men’s final.