Olympics: Yu Mengyu sweeps past Australia's Lay Jian Fang to make table tennis singles fourth round

Yu Mengyu of Singapore plays against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.
Yu Mengyu of Singapore plays against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.PHOTO: REUTERS
Yu Mengyu of Singapore plays against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.
Yu Mengyu of Singapore plays against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.PHOTO: REUTERS
Yu Mengyu of Singapore watches the ball during play against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.
Yu Mengyu of Singapore watches the ball during play against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.PHOTO: REUTERS
Yu Mengyu of Singapore bounces the ball on her paddle during play against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.
Yu Mengyu of Singapore bounces the ball on her paddle during play against Jian Fang Lay of Australia.PHOTO: REUTERS
Singapore world No. 13 Yu Mengyu defeated Australia's Lay Jian Fang 4-0 on August 7 night (Brazil time) to make the fourth round of the women's singles.
Singapore world No. 13 Yu Mengyu defeated Australia's Lay Jian Fang 4-0 on August 7 night (Brazil time) to make the fourth round of the women's singles. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore world No. 13 Yu Mengyu defeated Australia's Lay Jian Fang 4-0 on August 7 night (Brazil time) to make the fourth round of the women's singles.
Singapore world No. 13 Yu Mengyu defeated Australia's Lay Jian Fang 4-0 on August 7 night (Brazil time) to make the fourth round of the women's singles. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Rio de Janeiro - Singapore paddler Yu Mengyu had been warned by team-mate that the Olympics are a different ball game altogether, that the pressure was on another level and she could find her limbs trembling.

So she ensured she made ample preparation - for the strong lighting, the raucous crowd and the atmosphere of her Olympic debut.

The world No. 13 did not disappoint, sweeping past Australia's Lay Jian Fang 11-9, 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 on Sunday night (Brazil time) to make the fourth round of the women's singles. Yu will play South Korean left-hander Jeon Ji Hee on Monday.

Said Yu: "All four tables had matches going on and the spectators were quite loud, but I think I handled the atmosphere pretty well. My opponent is someone who has already got the rhythm from playing two matches before this while I'm playing my first match, so I think I adjusted quite well."

As the ninth seed, Yu was given a bye to the third round.

 

The Singaporean was playing next to the table where Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa and North Korea's Kim Song I were duelling. The Japan No. 4 seed, a potential opponent in the later stages for Yu, was upset 3-4.

 

Said Yu: "I just told myself to focus on myself and my match. I'm not thinking too far ahead, I'll just play one match at a time."

Yu brought cheer to the table tennis squad, after Gao Ning exited the competition in his opening match, losing his match against Britain's Paul Drinkhall.

The Singaporean pushed his opponent to the rubber, but eventually lost 7-11 6-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11.

His exit meant the two paddlers fielded by the men's team have both ended their Olympic campaigns.

Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei begins her campaign on Monday morning against Luxembourg's Ni Xialian.

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