Olympics: Singapore paddler Yu Mengyu through to table tennis singles quarter-finals as she beats South Korean Jeon 4-1

National table tennis star Yu Mengyu returns the ball against Jeon Ji-Hee of South Korea in round 4 of the women's singles.
National table tennis star Yu Mengyu returns the ball against Jeon Ji-Hee of South Korea in round 4 of the women's singles. PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO - Singapore paddler Yu Mengyu will play in the quarter-finals on Tuesday morning (Brazil time), after beating South Korea's Jeon Ji Hee 12-10, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 in the fourth round on Monday afternoon. 

Playing her second match at the Rio Olympics, Yu said she was still trying to shake off some match jitters, but overcame them quickly as she took a steady lead in the match. 

She told The Straits Times shortly after her win: "I think both myself and my opponent were quite nervous, so we both played quite conservatively in the first three games. I probably did better in the crucial points and was not inhibited by the time I had a 3-1 lead."

 
 

Indeed, down 5-10 in the first game, Yu won the next seven points to take the first game. She also held a 8-0 lead at one point in the last game of the match. 

Yu will play North Korean Kim Song I in the quarter-finals, a gutsy paddler who has already taken out the tournament No. 4 seed, Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan. 

Said Yu: "It's going to be a tough fight trying to get into the semi-finals."

Team-mate Feng Tianwei is due to play her fourth round match against Austria's Liu Jia later in the evening (7.30am, SG time, Aug 9). 


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