Table Tennis: Singapore beats Romania 3-1, assured of world c'ships medal

Singapore's Feng Tianwei hits a return to France's Carole Grundisch during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo May 1, 2014. The national women's table tennis team took out Romania 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table
Singapore's Feng Tianwei hits a return to France's Carole Grundisch during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo May 1, 2014. The national women's table tennis team took out Romania 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Saturday, assuring themselves of a medal at the event in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

The national women's table tennis team took out Romania 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Saturday, assuring themselves of a medal at the event in Tokyo.

The team will play either China or North Korea in the semi-finals on Sunday. There are no playoffs for third place so losing semi-finalists will be awarded joint bronzes.

Singapore are the fifth seeds at the tournament while Romania are seeded ninth. The Europeans upset third seeds South Korea in the Round of 16 to earn a place just a day earlier.

Team captain Feng Tianwei won both her matches in the second and fourth singles. The world No. 7 beat Daniela Monteiro Dodean (No. 53) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9, then won the other match against Elizabeta Samara 11-8, 11-5, 11-9.

Yu Mengyu won the see-saw encounter in the first singles against Samara 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-7 for her first victory over the world No. 26 in three meetings on the International Table Tennis Federation circuit. Yu is the world No. 18.

Both Feng and Yu remain unbeaten so far at the world championships.

World No. 159 Isabelle Li lost to No. 59 Bernadette Szocs 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 8-11.

The men's team are scheduled to play Germany in their quarter-final later in the evening.