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.