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Table Tennis: S'pore women's team into World Championships semis

The Singapore women's table tennis team on Saturday booked a semi-final spot at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo after a 3-1 victory over Romania in the quarter-finals.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore women's table tennis team on Saturday booked a semi-final spot at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo after a 3-1 victory over Romania in the quarter-finals.

Singapore will meet China, the top ranked team in the world, in Sunday's semi-finals.

In the first match, Yu Mengyu edged out Elizabeta Samara 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-7.

The team's captain, Feng Tianwei, then took her match against Daniela Monteiro Dodean 12-10, 11-8, 11-9.

However, Isabelle Li lost her match to Bernadette Szocs 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11.

The fourth match between Feng and Samara was won by the Singapore captain 11-8, 11-5, 11-9. 

The women's team coach, Jing Jun Hong, gave her take on the impending clash with China.

She said: "Losing will not come as a surprise, to beat them (China) will definitely be an upset (for them)! After all, they have the leading players in the world, so it's our hope that we can at least face them. Even if we lose, it doesn't reflect badly on us because they are indeed much better."

The Singapore men's team missed out on a semi-final spot after a 3-1 defeat to the Germans, ranked number two in the world.

Clarence Chew lost 3-0 to his German opponent.

Gao Ning was also beaten 3-0 by Germany's second singles player, Timo Boll.

Pang Xue Ji, replacing Yang Zi, could not contain the German onslaught, losing 3-1 in the third match.

The defeat means the Singapore men finished in the top eight, just like the last edition of the competition in 2012.

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