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Day Three Preview: Finalists to be determined on day three of Grand Finals

Saturday 10th December will mark the third day of the Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Doha, Qatar and all six competitions are set to settle which athletes will compete in the respective finals as the tournament enters its penultimate day.

Will Fan Zhendong make it back-to-back appearances in the Men's Singles final? (Photo: QTTA)

Both the Men’s and Women’s Singles categories will resume with two quarter-final matches before four players from each competition will battle it out for a spot in the finals with the last four set to take place later in the day.

China’s Fan Zhendong finished as the Men’s Singles runner up at last year’s event and the no.2 seed for the 2016 Grand Finals will have an opportunity to make back-to-back appearances in the category’s final on day three in Doha if results go his way.

However, the 2016 Men’s World Cup winner will have to first negotiate a difficult quarter-finals tie against Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, and if Fan Zhendong prevails then a possible fixture with either one of Yuto Muramatsu or the third seed Xu Xin awaits for the 19-year-old.

The top half of the draw will see the top seed Ma Long take on the surprise athlete of the Men’s Singles tournament so far Jeoung Youngsik; no.12 seed Jeoung Youngsik has already eliminated Vladimir Samsonov and Chuang Chih-Yuan from the event, will the player from Korea Republic manage to pick up his third big scalp in a row when he takes on Ma Long in the evening session on day three?