Singapore to face China in Olympic table tennis women’s team quarters

Yu Mengyu of Singapore with Lin Ye of Singapore and Feng Tianwei of Singapore during her match against Jia Nan Yuan of France, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, August 2, 2021. ― Reuters pic

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TOKYO, Aug 2 ― Singapore women’s table tennis team, led by singles semifinalist Yu Mengyu and former Olympic bronze medallist Feng Tianwei, nailed down a 3-0 victory over France today to set up a quarterfinal with China.

The 31-year-old Yu, who was beaten by eventual champion Chen Meng of China before losing the bronze medal match to local favourite Mima Ito four days ago, scored twice for Singapore, reported Xinhua News Agency.

She partnered with 25-year-old Lin Ye to beat French pair Stephanie Loeuillette and Yuan Jianan 11-6, 11-5, 13-11, before overcoming 36-year-old Yuan 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 in the third game.

Feng, 34, played the second game and came back from two sets down to rally past Prithika Pavade in a full five sets, 8-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-3.

In the other women’s team first round match played early today, South Korea beat Poland 3-0 to advance, where they will meet Germany. Shin Yu-bin, just 17, scored two points.

In the men’s draw, Sweden, the bronze medallists in the 2018 World Team Championships on home soil in Halmstad, saw off the United States 3-1, while Japan made short work of Australia to complete the last eight. ― Bernama