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Table Tennis: S'pore beat Korea in women's world team championships

Singapore's women paddlers moved a step closer towards the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo after beating world number two South Korea 3-1 in a group match on Wednesday.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's women paddlers moved a step closer towards the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo after beating world number two South Korea 3-1 in a group match on Wednesday.

Singapore, the world number 5, raced to a 2-0 lead as captain Feng Tianwei beat Yang Hae-un 3-2 and Yu Mengyu overcame Seo Hyo-won 3-1.

The third match-up saw Isabelle Li losing 1-3 to Park Young-sook, but Feng soothed Singapore's nerves when she beat Seo 3-1.

Singapore can seal its place in the last eight with a victory against France in the final group game on Thursday.

Jing Jun Hong, national table tennis coach (women's team), said: "We had an extremely tough time winning this tie. The Koreans were the strongest in our group. The victory is a boost to our chances of winning the group, and gaining entry into the quarter-finals. We have also had a breakthrough in the way we handle the Koreans' chopping style of play."

In the men's team category, Denmark beat Singapore 3-2.

It is Singapore's second defeat in the category.

The Singapore team play Croatia next in their final group stage match on Thursday.

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