Table Tennis: Two more comfortable victories for Singapore at world team championships

Singapore posted two more group-stage victories at the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Tuesday, beating both Russia and the Netherlands 3-1 at the Yoyogi Gymnasium in Tokyo.

In the tie against Russia, Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu took the first two matches with ease. Feng beat Elena Troshneva 4-11, 11-4, 11-4, 13-11 while Yu won her match against Maria Dolgikh 11-4, 10-12, 11-3, 11-8. Isabelle Li squandered a two-game lead in her match against Olga Baranova, losing 11-9, 11-2, 7-11, 3-11, 7-11, before Feng wrapped up the tie 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 against Dolgikh.

The Republic was also largely untroubled against the Netherlands, with Feng keeping her unbeaten record at this year's event. She beat veteran players Li Jie (11-5, 11-9, 11-9) and Li Jiao (8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9).

Yu was tested by Li Jiao, but also eventually won 5-11, 11-8, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7. Li came close to beating an in-form Britt Eerland, but lost narrowly 10-12, 11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 9-11.

The team will play South Korea next on Wednesday, in the most crucial tie of the group stage. A win will likely mean the Republic will top the group and be given a bye into the quarter-finals.

In the men's event, Gao Ning, Yang Zi and Clarence Chew posted a 3-1 win over Ukraine, and they will play Hong Kong next.