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Euro-Asia All Stars Challenge - 7 Sep 2016

European stars aim new success in 2016 Asia - Euro All Stars Challenge

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The My Hills International Trade Center Asia-Europe All Stars Challenge 2016 will be held on September 10-11th in Chinese city of Dongguan

 

The European stars will do their best in the upcoming weekend, in the annual Asia-Europe All Stars Challenge, to repeat last year's historical success in Zhangjiagang, when Europe beat Asia 6:4.

 

Three times individual European champion Vladimir SAMSONOV (World no. 9, European no. 2) of Belarus, actual 2016 Rio Olympics semi-finalist, leads European side composed also by Tiago APOLONIA (World no. 17, European no. 5) of Portugal, Andrej GACINA (World no. 20, European no. 6) of Croatia, Alexander SHIBAEV (World no. 21, European no. 7) of Russia and CHEN Weixing (World no. 49, European no. 20) of Austria. Former World Champion Ulf "Tickan" CARLSSON from Sweden will be Europe's coach.

 

Asia will emerge with three world's Top 10 players, FAN Zhendong (World no. 2) of China, CHUANG Chih-Yuan (World no. 7) of Taipei, WONG Chun Ting (World no. 8) of Hong Kong, as well as JOO Saehyuk (World no. 13) of Korea and GAO Ning (World no. 31) of Singapore.

 

Last year, when Old Continent upset Asia, led by the World Champion China's MA Long, four players in total from current lists participated in Zhangjiagang: Vladimir SAMSONOV, Andrej GACINA, CHUANG Chih-Yuan and GAO Ning. GACINA and GARDOS contributed with two wins each last summer.

 

The sensational victory in Zhangjiagang was the first ever for European side on Asian soil. Regarding matches in Asia, they met three times in Beijing (2009 – 6:4, 2010 – 6:5, 2011 – 6:4), once in Tianjin (2012 – 7:3), Qingdao (2013 – 7:3) and twice in Zhangjiagang (2014 – 6:4, 2015 – 4:6). Since inaugural meeting, 2009 in Beijing, Europe won twice on its soil: in 2009 Istanbul (6:5) and 2012 Vendée (6:4).

 

 

 

For more detailed results of the previous editions please click here...

       
 

ASIA

 

EUROPE

1

FAN zhendong (CHN)

1

SAMSONOV Vladimir (BLR)

2

CHUANG Chih-Yuan (TPE)

2

APOLONIA Tiago (POR)

3

WONG Chun Ting (HKG)

3

GACINA Andrej (CRO)

4

JOO Saehyuk (KOR)

4

SHIBAEV Alexander (RUS)

5

Gao Ning (SIN)

5

CHEN Weixing (AUT)

       
       

Sep 10 start 1400

WONG Chun Ting (HKG)

v

SHIBAEV Alexander (RUS)

 

JOO Saehyuk (KOR)

v

GACINA Andrej (CRO)

 

FAN zhendong (CHN)

v

APOLONIA Tiago (POR)

 

CHUANG Chih-Yuan (TPE)

v

SAMSONOV Vladimir (BLR)

 

Gao Ning (SIN)

v

CHEN Weixing (AUT)

       
       

Sep 11 start 1400

WONG Chun Ting (HKG)

v

CHEN Weixing (AUT)

 

Gao Ning (SIN)

v

GACINA Andrej (CRO)

 

CHUANG Chih-Yuan (TPE)

v

APOLONIA Tiago (POR)

 

FAN zhendong (CHN)

v

SAMSONOV Vladimir (BLR)

 

JOO Saehyuk (KOR)

v

SHIBAEV Alexander (RUS)

       

 

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