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Olympics: Singapore's Yu Mengyu through to last 16 after 4-0 win over world No. 8

Singapore paddler Yu Mengyu marched into the round of 16 of the Olympic women's singles after defeating Taiwan's world No. 8 Cheng I-Ching 4-0 (11-5, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6) on Tuesday (July 27).

Yu, who is ranked world No. 47, got off to a great start, taking the first game in six minutes.

Having adjusted to the conditions, Cheng, who is the competition's fourth seed, tried to find a way back, but found her Singaporean opponent in superb form.

As she did in her 4-0 win over Portugal's Shao Jieni in the previous round, Yu never took her foot off the gas despite building up a dominant lead and sealed the match in 39 minutes.

Her reward is a last-16 meeting with world No. 449 Liu Juan of the United States in the evening (6.30pm).

Liu, 36, had pulled off an upset in her third-round match by defeating Romania's 27th-ranked Bernadette Szocs 4-2 (11-4, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3) in the morning.

Yu's compatriot, world No. 9 Feng Tianwei will also be competing in the round of 16 on Tuesday night, when she will face either Germany's Han Ying or Australia's Lay Jian Fang.

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