S. Korea await women paddlers in q-final
The national women table tennis players recovered from their heartbreak in the Olympics singles event to win their opening team event match against Egypt at the Riocentro Pavilion 3 yesterday.
Fourth seeds Singapore will take on seventh seeds South Korea in the quarter-finals tomorrow night at 9pm for a place in the final four, where they will aim to at least retain the bronze medal won at London 2012.
Three days after being bundled out of the quarter-finals of the women's singles event and missing out on a possible medal, Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu rebounded to play key roles in the 3-0 victory over the Egyptians yesterday.
World No. 13 Yu was first up and she easily despatched world No. 110 Dina Meshref 3-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-6).
World No. 4 Feng had some trouble in the second game but emerged unscathed with a 3-1 (11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4) win over world No. 211 Nadeen El-Dawlatly.
In the following doubles match, world No. 32 Zhou Yihan made her Olympic debut, teaming up well with Yu to take apart world No. 362 Yousra Helmy and El-Dawlatly 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-4).
Meanwhile, South Korea were given a scare by Romania in their last-16 clash yesterday, going the full distance before world No. 17 Seo Hyo Won beat world No. 78 Bernadette Szocs after the maximum five games in the fifth singles to clinch a 3-2 victory.
The South Koreans also comprise world No. 11 Jeon Ji Hee, who lost 4-1 to Yu in the fourth round of the women's singles, and world No. 26 Yang Ha Eun.