Table tennis: China and Japan to clash in both men's and women's finals at world team c'ships

Yuya Oshima of Japan playing against Samuel Walker of England during their men's singles semi-final match at Malawati Stadium on March 5, 2016.
Yuya Oshima of Japan playing against Samuel Walker of England during their men's singles semi-final match at Malawati Stadium on March 5, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - The World Team Table Tennis Championships will conclude with two Sino-Japanese showdowns on Sunday.

As expected, China's men's and women's teams won their semi-finals comfortably on Saturday to book a spot in the final.

But third seeds Japan endured a scare before seeing off a spirited England team 3-1 in the men's competition.

World No. 7 Jun Mizutani had to come back from two games down in the fourth singles to beat Liam Pitchford (8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6) and prevent the tie from going into a nerve-racking fifth singles.

Earlier, the Chinese men's team trounced South Korea 3-0 to stay on course for a 20th title. In seven ties, China, led by world No. 1 Ma Long, have not tasted defeat, winning all seven ties 3-0.

The women, also going for a 20th title, comfortably dispatched Chinese Taipei 3-0 to set up a meeting with Japan, who had beaten North Korea 3-1 in their semi-final on Friday. The Chinese women also won all their matches 3-0.