CHENGDU, China, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — Title favorites China and Japan met little resistance in advancing to the ladies’s quarterfinals because the knockout stage of the World Table Tennis Team Championships Finals commenced right here on Wednesday.
China was unconquerable in overpowering Hungary 3-0, solely conceding a complete of 32 factors to its European opponent.
World No. 1 Sun Yingsha kickstarted high seed China’s knockout marketing campaign with an 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 victory over Leonie Hartbrich.
“I got into the match more quickly today compared with group matches. As opponents are stronger in the knockout stage, we need to focus on our own play and prepare for any difficulty in the upcoming matches,” stated Sun.
Both Chen Meng and Wang Manyu adopted with straight-game victories over Dora Madarasz (11-4, 11-4, 11-3) and Helga Dari (11-3, 11-2, 11-8).
In searching for their fifth straight championship in Chengdu, China will subsequent tackle Portugal, who dispatched Luxembourg 3-1 via Shao Jieni’s wins over Sarah de Nutte and 59-year-old Ni Xialian.
In second-seeded Japan’s 3-0 victory over South Korea, Mima Ito got here again from one recreation all the way down to defeat Kim Na-yeong 3-1, adopted by Miyuu Kihara’s straight-game victory over Lee Zi-on, and Miyu Nagasaki’s 3-1 win over Yoon Hyo-bin.
Hong Kong, China squandered a 2-0 result in be dragged right into a deciding match by Romania earlier than holding their nerve to see off its opponent 3-2, with Zhu Chengzhu edging Elizabeta Samara in full video games and registering two factors to seal the deal.
Other girls’s quarterfinalists are Germany, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Slovakia.
In the lads’s occasion, Shunsuke Togami surprised Brazilian ace Hugo Calderano 3-1, and world No. 4 Tomokazu Harimoto and Mizuki Oikawa adopted with straight video games victories, guiding Japan to a 3-0 win over Brazil.
Both registering 3-0 victories, South Korea and Hong Kong, China will go head-to-head within the quarterfinals.
Also, on Wednesday, 16-year-old Felix Lebrun got here out successful the deciding match as France squeezed previous England 3-2 to achieve the final eight.
The remaining males’s spherical of 16 matches will happen on Thursday, with nine-time defending champion China to kick off its knockout marketing campaign towards India.