Saturday, September 24, 2022

Table Tennis-China advance to women's team final

Table Tennis-China advance to women's team final

TOKYO (Reuters) - China will aim to keep its undefeated Olympic women's team table tennis record alive after the trio of Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu breezed into the Tokyo 2020 final with a 3-0 win over Germany on Wednesday.

Chen and Wang started out the team event with a smash against Germany's Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja, winning 3-0 in the doubles match.

World number one Sun made quick work of German paddler Han Ying in a 3-0 singles match, followed by a 3-1 victory by singles gold medallist Chen over Solja.

Medal favourites China will face 2016 Rio bronze medallists Japan, who knocked out Hong Kong 3-0 in a dominating performance at the semi-final match.

 

"We've been preparing for the game tomorrow to have confidence in ourselves and confidence in our team mates," Wang told reporters.

The trio added that they will prepare mentally for a close game against the Japanese team that include Mima Ito who defeated China in the mixed doubles event with Jun Mizutani.

"It's been ten days since the mixed doubles. But our focus is on tomorrow, no longer on that match. The match tomorrow is a brand new game," Chen said.

"We will focus on our strengths and weaknesses that we've noted from the past and work on them."

Germany meanwhile will play Hong Kong for the bronze medal.