TOKYO, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Chinese men's table tennis team whitewashed Serbia 3-0 in their final group match to reach the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships here on Thursday.
Ma Long, captain of the Chinese team, stunned Marko Jevtovic in three games at 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 to open the match for China. Wang Hao, who only made one appearance for China in the previous four group matches, came on the court in the second match to beat Bojan Crepulja also in three games.
Xu Xin concluded the victory for China as the world's No. 1 defeated Zolt Pete 11-9, 11-2 and 11-6.
The defending champion won its all five group matches by 3-0 and became the first team to reach the quarterfinals.
"As our opponent in the quarterfinal is still undecided yet, we are going to watch tomorrow's matches after today's draw and let the players feel the atmosphere of the playoffs," said Liu Guoliang, head coach of the Chinese team.