Title holders and also No.2 seed Shanghai defeated third seed Ba’yi in straight sets, partially 25-18, 25-15, 25-21. Argentinian Facundo Conte scored game-high 12 points, having a special motivation in this match since his father Hugo, former Argentinian NT member, and his girlfriend, who came to visit him in China, were present on the stands. German György Grozer added 11 for Shanghai.
Regular Season champions and also top seed Beijing did not have a hard task in their semifinal clash as well. They defeated No.4 Sichuan 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23) thanks to 16 points from Cuban Oreol Camejo and 14 from Jiang Chuan.
Game 2 of the best-of-five playoff semifinals in the Chinese League is scheduled on February 9.
See STATS & VIDEOS of Chinese Men’s Championship.