Singapore’s Yu Mengyu was very much the player in form as matters commenced on the fourth day of play, Tuesday 27th July, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The no.26 seed, in the third round of the women’s singles event, she beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.4 seed (11-5, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6).
Was it a major upset? Not so, of their now most recent eight matches on the international scene, Yu Mengyu has won seven times! The only defeat being in 2010 on the ITTF World Tour in Japan.
Success contrary to status, for China’s Sun Yingsha, Japan’s Mima Ito and Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, alongside Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu, it was success as status advised.
However, for Jeon Jihee, the no.7 seed, it was a close call. She was stretched the full distance by Yuan Jia Nan of France, the no.46 seed (12-10, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4).
Otherwise, life was less tortuous.
Sun Yingsha, the no.2 seed, beat Monaco’s Yang Xiaoxin, the no.25 seed (11-6, 11-5, 11-5, 11-3), Mima Ito, the no.3 seed, ousted Portugal’s Fu Yu, the no.32 seed (11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5).
Likewise, Doo Hoi Kem, the no.8 seed, overcame Korea Republic’s Shin Yubin, the no.44 seed (12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6); Chen Szu-Yu, the no.13 seed, halted the progress of Lily Zhang, the no.18 seed, from the United States (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10).
Meanwhile, as play in the third round of the men’s singles event concluded, Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik, the no.10 seed, eventually prevailed in an epic encounter. He beat 41 year old Panagiotis Gionis from Greece, the no.35 seed, by the very narrowest of decisions (7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 14-12).
Tense times for Jeoung Youngsik, not so for the Chinese duo of Fan Zhendong and Ma Long, nor for Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju or the host nation’s Koki Niwa.
Fan Zhendong, the top seed, beat Frenchman, Emmanuel Lebesson, the no.27 seed (11-3, 11-4, 11-3, 11-4), Ma Long, the no.2 seed, after a slow start, overcame India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta, the no.20 seed (11-7, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-4).
Likewise, Lin Yun-Ju, the no.5 seed, ended the hopes of Sweden’s Anton Källberg, the no.29 seed (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9); Koki Niwa, the no.12 seed, negotiated the defensive skills of Slovakia’s Wang Yang, the no.24 seed (11-6, 11-3, 11-8, 12-10).
Play in the fourth round (the last 16) in each of the men’s singles and women’s singles events follows.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: ITTF