Asia dominates world team table tennis championships

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Asian countries and territories have asserted their dominance at the the 2010 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow.

The 72 teams at the event are ranked and seeded into 3 divisions of 24 teams each, based on their performance at the previous World Championship Team Event in 2008 and their current World Ranking.

After the ranking has been determined, the top 24 teams are allocated to the Championship Division, the teams ranked 25-48 to the second division and those ranked 49-72 will be placed in the third division.

In the Championship Division, the Chinese men, with world leaders like Wang Hao, Ma Long, Ma Lin, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike, have posted easy wins over Greece, France and Poland in straight sets.

Also in the Championship Division, Russia and Italy are not strong enough to beat the powerhouse China.

Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea haven't suffered a loss yet. Only Singapore and Taiwan are expected to face difficulties in making their way to the quarterfinals of the Championship Division.

Asian women's teams are also too strong for their European counterparts. South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore are considered title contenders, but China is the team to beat, with four of their female players are among the world top five.

On Tuesday, Vietnamese men suffered a 2-3 defeat to Egypt. The country's number one player Doan Kien Quoc beat Lashin El-Sayed in straight sets in the first match, but Tran Tuan Quynh lost 0-3 to Assar Omar in the second.

Vietnam then took the lead again after Dinh Quang Linh beat Moselhi Emad 3-2 in the third match. In the fourth match, Quynh led Lashin El-Sayed 2-1, but let the Egyptian rival come back and take the match 3-2. In the decider, Quoc lost 0-3 to Assar Omar.

Vietnam, ranked 38th, is in Group G of the second division with 30th-ranked Egypt, 26th-ranked Brazil, 35th-ranked Norway, 45th-ranked Bulgaria and 51st-ranked Latvia.

In the opener on Sunday, Vietnam had suffered a 0-3 loss to Brazil, before beating Latvia 3-2 on Monday.

They were set to play Norway on Wednesday and Bulgaria on Thursday.

The 50th edition of the World Team Table Tennis Championships will end May 30.

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