Doha: We've reached the business end of WTT Feeder Doha 2023. It's semifinal time in the Men's and Women's Singles and by the end of the day we will have the year's first WTT Feeder Series winners. It's a massive lineup with a host of players that are chasing to climb the ranks through pure grit and determination.
Liu Weishan will be out for revenge when she comes up against Kuai Man in this Women's Singles semifinal. The duo faced each other on the international stage for the first time last year at WTT Contender Muscat. Kuai got the upper-hand in four games in that clash and went on to win the event. But while Kuai has a Contender title to her name, she has come up short in multiple WTT Feeder Series showings, with her run always stopping at the semifinal stage.
The story is the same for Liu, who has Contender silverware but so far is empty handed in Feeder events. Can either Kuai or Liu make the breakthrough in Doha? After this match only one will remain in the running for a Feeder title. Check out their last clash below to see what may be in store for today's match-up:
Two heavy hitters are ready to square-up in this Men's Singles semifinal in Doha. Be sure not to miss when Zhou Kai and Benedikt Duda take centre stage in Qatar as they fight for a place in the final. Both have well and truly earned their place in the penultimate round. Yesterday, a heroic Duda produced an incredible quarterfinal comeback.
The World No.34 came from 0-2 down against Xu Haidong to post three straight games for a full-distance win. It's been a different path for Zhou, who has dropped just one game on his way to the semifinal. His road even included a straight games win over Men's Singles top seed Omar Assar. The trophy cabinet for both players are also a contrast.
In 2022, Duda was a two-time Feeder finalist, reaching the final round at both Westchester and Dusseldorf III. Meanwhile, Zhou is no stranger to Feeder success. The World No.41 took down Feeder Panagyurishte last year, so knows what it takes to go all the way. History continues to favour Zhou who has faced Duda two times in the past and has kept a clean sheet clean sheet in the head-to-head. Zhou hasn't even dropped a game! Can Duda come up with a solution or will Zhou continue his domination over the German today in Doha?
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee