Olympics: Singapore women's table tennis team off to winning start against Egypt

Feng Tian Wei in action on Aug 12, 2016.
Feng Tian Wei in action on Aug 12, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Days after being booted out of the singles, Singapore's women paddlers found their winning ways at the Olympics again.

Feng Tianwei and Co opened their campaign in the team event with a 3-0 route over Egypt for a place in the quarter-finals. None of the three matches in the tie took more than 25 minutes.

Yu Mengyu, playing the first singles, beat Dina Meshref 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 before Feng's 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 win over Nadeen El-Dawlatly.

Zhou Yihan, who is competing in only the team event, played her first match at the Olympics when she teamed up with Yu in the doubles. They beat the pairing of Nadeen and Yousra Helmy 11-7, 11-6, 11-4.

The real test for the paddlers begins from the final eight on Saturday morning (Brazil time), where they are likely to meet South Korea.