On October 10, in the men's singles semi-finals of the National Table Tennis Championships, in the Beijing Derby, Ma Long defeated Wang Chuqin 4-2 and will compete with Fan Zhendong for the championship. For the final, Malone said that he did not have the upper hand from the ball, and hoped to play happily.
In the semi-finals against Wang Chuqin, Malone said: "From the perspective of the ball, I really do not have the upper hand. The main key turning points are to seize the opportunity, including the fourth game to win the fourth game. A 3-1 lead has a psychological advantage. Wang Chuqin is as always. The momentum is quite strong, but unfortunately some key shots did not seize the opportunity, but it is normal for the game."
Ma Long’s opponent in the final was Fan Zhendong. Facing Xiaopang, Ma Long said: “It is true to play with Xiaopang. The ball doesn’t have the upper hand. Sometimes it’s still a disadvantage. I still hope to play happily.”