Top seed Ma Long of China ended Michael Maze's winning run at the men's table tennis World Cup, beating the Dane in straight sets to enter the semifinals here on Saturday.
The world No.2, a member of China's winning team at the London Olympic Games, met little challenge to beat Maze 11-4, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7.
Maze, ranked 21st in the world, has showed great form during the group matches, winning all three matches, one of them against Olympic bronze medalist and world No. 9 Dimitrij Ovtcharov, to qualify as the leader of Group D.
Ma, bidding for his first World Cup champion after two failed attempts, will be most likely to meet teammate and second seed Xu Xin in the semifinals. Xu is playing the last semifinal match against Jiang Tianyi of Hong Kong, China.
"I played very well today," Ma said. "My form has been affected a lot because of a lack of good training after the Olympic Games. But I think I am playing better and better."