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Timo Boll defeated top Chinese player [WTTC Houston 2021]

Zhou Qihao has lost to Timo Boll at this World Table Tennis Championship 2021.

Timo Boll is stronger than Zhou Qihao

Timo Boll rolled back the years as he took down China’s Zhou Qihao 4-1 (11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10) to stamp his class over his 24-year-old opponent. The 41-year-old German raced to a 3-0 lead quickly before Zhou took a game off Boll in the fourth game. Boll, however, used his experience to his advantage as he won the fifth game 12-10 to punch his ticket to the next round.

Timo Boll defeated Zhou Qihao at WTTC 2021 (2)
Timo Boll defeated Zhou Qihao at WTTC 2021 (2)

Zhou Qihao is not a safe choice for China

This is not the first time that Zhou Qihao lost to Timo Boll. He can’t deal with the spin variation of Timo Boll.

Zhou Qihao is rather strong at the Chinese domestic competition. Recently, he has defeated Fan Zhendong in the final match. But Zhou Qihao is not good when he played against foreign players. That’s why he is not chosen as the main player of the China team.

Zhou Qihao has bad performance versus foreign player
Zhou Qihao has bad performance versus foreign player

Chinese coaches emphasize the effectiveness against foreign players. If you can’t get the Gold medal for China, then you are out.

Timo Boll is still good at 40 years old

Congratulation to Timo Boll. He is no doubt the best European player. At the age of 40, he can defeat the top Chinese players. Which is undoable before. But today, everything can happen. The level gap between the world and the top Chinese player is closer.

Timo Boll defeated Zhou Qihao at WTTC 2021 (11)
Timo Boll defeated Zhou Qihao at WTTC 2021 (11)

With this result, it’s safe to say that. You can play table tennis professionally even at a very old age. Like Timo Boll, he still plays very well at 40 years old.

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