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Table tennis: Yu Mengyu progresses to next round in Olympics after cruising to victory

Table tennis: Yu Mengyu progresses to next round in Olympics after cruising to victory

Singapore table tennis player Yu Mengyu progresses to the next round at Tokyo Olympics on Jul 25, 2021. (Photo: Kong Chong Yew/SNOC)

TOKYO: Singapore’s Yu Mengyu has progressed to the next round of the women’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics after a 4-0 win over Portugal’s Shao Jieni on Sunday (Jul 25).

Yu, who is currently ranked 47th in the world, made light work of Shao, winning 11-3, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9.

Singapore table tennis player Yu Mengyu wins Portugal's Shao Jieni 11-3, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9 at Tokyo Olympics on Jul 25, 2021. (Photo: Kong Chong Yew/SNOC)

The 31-year-old looked in imperious form and her victory against a 63rd ranked opponent never looked in doubt at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

"I didn't allow myself to let my guard down for one second during the game - even if I'm winning or losing a point," Yu told reporters.

Singapore table tennis player Yu Mengyu, ranked 47th in the world, plays at Tokyo Olympics on Jul 25, 2021. (Photo: Kong Chong Yew/SNOC)

Yu will next face Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching in the next round. "Tomorrow I hope to play better in terms of my speed and flow during the match," Yu added.

Cheng is currently ranked eighth in the world, just ahead of Singapore’s Feng Tianwei.

READ: Tokyo Olympics declared open; Team Singapore led in by Loh Kean Yew and Yu Mengyu

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Source: CNA/jt(ta)

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