Table tennis: Yang Zi and Yu Mengyu reach Asian C'ships mixed doubles final

Singapore's Yang Zi (right) and Yu Mengyu are one win away from winning the Republic's first mixed doubles title in 31 editions of the Asian Table Tennis Championships.
Singapore's Yang Zi (right) and Yu Mengyu are one win away from winning the Republic's first mixed doubles title in 31 editions of the Asian Table Tennis Championships.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - National paddlers Yang Zi and Yu Mengyu are through to the mixed doubles final of the Asian Table Tennis Championships, beating North Korea's Choe Il and Ri Mi Gyong 4-2 (11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 13-15, 15-13) on Thursday afternoon.

The win puts the Singaporean pair one win away from winning the Republic's first mixed doubles title in 31 editions of the biennial meet.

The last time Singapore won gold at the Asian Championships was in the 2012 hosted in Macau when Gao Ning and Yang Zi triumphed in the men's doubles.

They will take on top seeds Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng of China on Thursday night in Pattaya, Thailand. The Chinese pair dismissed Japan's fifth seeds Yuya Oshima and Misako Wakamiya 4-2 (6-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7).

But there was no such joy for the Singapore in the men's singles, after their last remaining paddlers were bundled out of in the round of 32. Yang Zi lost to South Korea's world No. 14 Jung Young Sik 2-4 (11-7, 10-12, 10-12, 5-11, 11-6, 9-11), and Clarence Chew fell to China's world No. 4 Zhang Jike 1-4 (11-6, 7-11, 4-11, 7-11, 7-11).

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