Table tennis: Feng Tianwei drawn in same bracket as Kasumi Ishikawa

FENG Tianwei is set to meet arch rival Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan should she progress into the women's singles quarter-finals of this week's World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou, China.

But before that, she will have to contend with another familiar paddler in the round of 16 - her team-mate Yu Mengyu.

The top two Singapore women's paddlers were placed into the same bracket in yesterday's main draw, ahead of today's qualifying round.

World No. 4 Feng has met Ishikawa 13 times since 2007, winning nine of those encounters including the bronze-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

However, the 22-year-old Japanese world No. 5 has improved steadily in recent years, and won her most recent clash with Feng at last year's Incheon Asian Games.

Singapore's third women's singles player, Isabelle Li, will likely be meeting her first strong opponent, Mima Ito from Japan, in the second round if she wins her first match against a qualifier.

Ito, who is currently ranked world No. 15, has made great improvements from her previous ranking of No. 38.

In the men's singles draw, Singapore's top player Gao Ning will be up against Gustavo Tsuboi from Brazil should he beat his qualifier opponent in the opening round.

chongcjy@sph.com.sg