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Taiwanese mixed doubles pair advance to table tennis quarterfinals

2021-07-25
Focus Taiwan
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Taiwanese mixed doubles pair advance to table tennis quarterfinals
Taiwanese mixed doubles pair advance to table tennis quarterfinals

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Taiwanese table tennis players Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) and Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) secured a quick victory Saturday to advance to the mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics.

The duo defeated Achanta Kamal and Manika Batra of India 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 in a round of 16 match that lasted just 27 minutes.

Lin and Cheng were quick out of the gate and did not drop one set as they booked their place in the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The Taiwanese pair won the mixed doubles title at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Star Contender tournament in Doha, Qatar in March.

In that competition they defeated South Koreans Jeon Ji-hee and Lee Sang-su, who they meet again in the quarterfinals match on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Taiwanese tennis sisters Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) suffered a surprise defeat in the opening round of the women's doubles on Saturday, losing 5-7, 6-1, (6-10) to Romanians Monica Niculescu and Raluca Olaru at the Tokyo Olympics.

It was an early exit for the Chan sisters, compared with their previous performance at the Rio Olympics in 2016, when they reached the quarterfinals in the women's doubles.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's veteran player Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) is scheduled to play his first match at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, going up against Alexanger Zverev of Germany in the opening round of the men's singles.

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