Table tennis: Chen Meng & Co stamp their mark at Singapore Smash

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SINGAPORE – She remembers Singapore for the scrumptious black pepper crabs and durians. Yesterday, Olympic ladies’s singles champion Chen Meng served up a tantalising desk tennis deal with for followers, together with a uncommon bagel at the inaugural World Table Tennis (WTT) Grand Smash at the OCBC Arena.

The world No. 2 was in cruel kind in her quarter-final towards Japan’s eighth-ranked Kasumi Ishikawa, profitable 3-1 (11-8, September 11, 11-0, 11-7).

Of her relentless third sport, 28-year-old Chen stated: “I knew I was 10-0 up, but I had lost the second game, so I just wanted to be more aggressive and decisive. I wanted to give my all because you’ll never know how a lapse will affect the momentum or the next game, especially in a best-of-five-games format.”

She will subsequent face teammate and world No. 5 Wang Yidi, who beat France’s world No. 67 Yuan Jia Nan 3-1 (11-9, 12-10, 12-14, 12-10). Wang had crushed her 4-3 at the identical venue three months in the past within the semi-finals of the WTT Cup Finals.

Chen was among the many Chinese group who dominated proceedings yesterday as all seven who featured within the males’s and girls’s quarter-finals progressed to the semi-finals.

The ladies’s singles semi-finals at this time are an all-China affair, with world No. 1 Sun Yingsha taking over world champion and fourth-ranked Wang Manyu in a repeat of the World Table Tennis Championships remaining.

Sun, who had already received the combined doubles title with Wang Chuqin on Wednesday, maintained her excellent report of not dropping a sport within the singles right here by beating Japan’s world No. 6 Hina Hayata 3-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-9).

Wang additionally displayed her world champion credentials by beating Austria’s Nineteenth-ranked Sofia Polcanova 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-2).

The 23-year-old stated: “I’m happy my team-mates and I have filled the semi-finals, which shows the overall strength of our team. We are all very familiar with each other’s game, so we hope to put up exciting matches for the fans.”

Meanwhile, the lads’s singles remaining 4 are occupied by three high Chinese gamers.

World No. 5 Liang Jingkun beat Sweden’s Twenty eighth-ranked Kristian Karlsson 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-9) to arrange a semi-final assembly tomorrow with two-time Olympic males’s singles champion Ma Long. World No. 2 Ma was stretched in his 3-2 (5-11, 11-6, 11-4, September 11, 11-7) win over Chinese Taipei’s seventh-ranked Lin Yun-Ju.

Crowd favorite Ma, 33, stated: “Mental strength was important for me to either follow my gameplan or find solutions during the match. I couldn’t settle into a rhythm early on, and only after engaging him in a few rallies, and launching some counterattacks, was I able to find a way back.”

World No. 1 and world champion Fan Zhendong had a extra easy 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-8) win over Germany’s Sixteenth-ranked Patrick Franziska. Standing in his manner is Japan’s world No. 49 Yukiya Uda, who’s the lowest-ranked participant left within the match.

Demonstrating his trademark chiquita – backhand topspin with robust sidespin – flick, the 20-year-old beat Forty first-ranked Qiu Dang 3-2 (11-13, 11-7, September 11, 11-5, 11-6). The doubles specialist stated: “I’m surprised to make it to the men’s singles semi-final but I will give it my all and hope my forehand and chiquitas come off.”

Fixtures:

At OCBC Arena Hall 1 from 7pm

Women’s singles semi-finals

Wang Yidi (Chn) v Chen Meng (Chn)
Sun Yingsha (Chn) v Wang Manyu (Chn)

Men’s doubles remaining

Fan Zhendong/Wang Chuqin (Chn) v Yukiya Uda/Shunsuke Togami (Jpn)

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