Table Tennis: Singapore women's team beat Luxembourg 3-0 at world championships

Feng Tianwei of Singapore returns a shot against Sarah De Nutte of Luxembourg at the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, on April 28, 2014. Singapore's women paddlers beat unheralded Luxembourg 3-0 to begin their campaign at the Worl
Feng Tianwei of Singapore returns a shot against Sarah De Nutte of Luxembourg at the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, on April 28, 2014. Singapore's women paddlers beat unheralded Luxembourg 3-0 to begin their campaign at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

Singapore's women paddlers beat unheralded Luxembourg 3-0 to begin their campaign at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Monday.

Team captain Feng Tianwei, the world No. 7, started things off on a good note by beating No. 156 Sarah De Nutte 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6.

Yu Mengyu was then stretched to the limits by Luxembourg's 50-year-old veteran Ni Xialian, but eventually followed up with a victory to win 10-12, 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5.

Isabelle Li, making her debut at the team event, also beat Tessy Gonderinger 9-11, 15-13, 11-5, 12-10.

The team will play Russia on Tuesday for their next group stage tie.

The men, however, were no match for world No. 2 team Germany as they went down 0-3 in their tie. Singapore's men's team are ranked 13th.