SINGAPORE - Singapore paddlers Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye shocked the third-seeded Chinese duo of Chen Meng and Ding Ning 3-2 in the women's doubles quarter-finals at the ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open in Doha on Friday (March 6).
Chen is the top-ranked singles player while Ding is the reigning Olympic singles champion.
The win is a timely boost for the national women's team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which they qualified for in January at the World Team Qualification Tournament in Gondomar, Portugal.
Yu and Lin, ranked 55th and 60th in singles respectively, won the first game 11-9. But the Chinese fought back to win the next two games 11-4, 11-8.
The Singapore pair clinched the next two games 12-10 and 11-5 to book a semi-final meeting with Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki. But they lost 11-3, 14-12, 8-11, 12-10 to the Japanese duo in under 40 minutes..
While Yu and Lin lost 11-3, 14-12, 8-11, 12-10 to the top-seeded Japanese pair later in the evening, it was still a creditable showing for the Singaporeans.
Compatriot Feng Tian Wei also progressed to the women's singles quarter-finals after her 11-7, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 win over Germany's Shan Xiaona earlier on Friday.
The world No. 9 lost 11-6, 11-7, 12-14, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7 to world No. 3 Mima Ito.