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Yu Mengyu shines on fourth day, books last eight place

Wednesday 28 July

Imposing performances, contrary to expectations, Yu Mengyu reserved her place in the quarter-final stage of the women’s singles event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following success in the Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday 27th July.

The no.26 seed, she beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.4 seed (11-5, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6), prior to ousting Liu Juan of the United States, the no.68 seed (11-9, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8).

Victory against Cheng I-Ching may appear an upset, not so; of their now most recent eight meetings on the international scene, Yu Mengyu has won seven times! The only defeat being in 2010 on the ITTF World Tour in Japan.

Success for Singapore but there was defeat, in the fourth round of the women’s singles event, Feng Tianwei, the no.6 seed, was beaten by Germany’s Han Ying, the no.12 seed (13-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8). Notably, Han Ying had won all four meetings in world ranking events.

Otherwise, the names to reach the last eight were as status predicted.

China’s Chen Meng, the top seed, beat Canada’s Zhang Mo, the no.21 seed (11-6, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5) to reserve her last eight place.

Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, the no.8 seed, overcame Britt Eerland of the Netherlands, the no.16 seed (11-13, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8), Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.5 seed, ended the hopes of Austria’s Sofia Polcanova, the no.10 seed (11-8, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9).

Not the be upstaged, in the fourth round, China’s Sun Yingsha, the no.2 seed, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu, the no.13 seed (11-6, 14-12, 11-3, 12-10), Mima Ito, the no.3 seed and like Kazumi Ishikawa from Japan, halted the aspirations of Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut, the no.22 seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7).

Completing the line-up Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee, the no.7 seed, used her speed to good effect to overcome Austria’s Liu Jia, the no.55 seed 911-1, 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4).

Women’s Singles: Quarter-Finals

  • 12.00 Chen Meng (CHN) v Doo Hoi Kem (HKG)
  • 10.00 Kasumi Ishikawa (JPN) v Yu Mengyu (SGP)
  • 15.00 Mima Ito (JPN) v Jeon Jihee (KOR)
  • 17.00 Han Ying (GER) v Sun Yingsha (CHN)

The semi-finals and finals of the women’s singles event will be played on Thursday 29th July.

Editor: Ian Marshall

Photo Credit: ITTF

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