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Table Tennis: S'pore women's team clinch spot in World Championships quarter-finals

Singapore’s women paddlers on Thursday clinched a 3-1 win against France at the World Team Table Tennis Championships to qualify for the quarter-finals.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's women paddlers are through to the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championship in Tokyo after topping Group C ahead of the higher-ranked Korean team.

In their final group stage tie against France, Singapore’s Yu Mengyu took the lead, beating France’s Audrey Zarif 3-0.

Isabelle Li lost 1-3 to Laura Gasnier in the second match-up despite putting up a spirited fight.

However, the next two matches were won by captain Feng Tianwei and Yu. Feng overcame Carole Grundisch 3-1, while Yu beat Laura Gasnier 3-1.

Topping the group also earned Singapore a bye into Saturday's quarter-finals.

Singapore will take on the winner of the Korea-Romania tie after the two sides battle for the top 12 spot on Friday.

Eddy Tay, Singapore Table Tennis Association's team manager, said the team's training in Taiwan was "fruitful".

"After more than 40 days of centralised training, we are seeing the results," said Mr Tay. "So it's good that the players are hitting their peak at the right time now. Hopefully, they can continue with this performance in the quarter-finals."

In the men's team event, Singapore beat Croatia 3-1 in their final group tie.

Clarence Chew lost 3-nil in the opening encounter.

But two wins by Goa Ning and one by Yang Zi saw Singapore triumph against the higher-ranked Croats.

Singapore finished second in Group B behind leaders Germany.

The team will next play Sweden for a spot in the top 12.

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