SINGAPORE - National table tennis players Yang Zi and Yu Mengyu scored an upset at the Asian Championships on Tuesday, beating China's Fang Bo and Mu Zi in the mixed doubles round of 16 to earn a place in the quarter-finals.
The Singaporeans beat their second-seeded opponents 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10 and will play Hong Kong's Jiang Tianyi and Lee Ho Ching next on Wednesday.
In the women's team competition, Singapore were beaten 3-0 by Chinese Taipei to finish eighth overall.
Goi Rui Xuan lost to Cheng Hsien-tzu 7-11, 4-11, 1-11, before Eunice Lim was beaten 11-5, 11-7, 3-11, 11-3 by Liu Hsing-yin. Yee Herng Hwee lost the third singles to Ho Kwan Kit 7-11, 8-11, 7-11.
The men's team lost by a similar scoreline in their battle for fifth place against Hong Kong, finishing sixth.
Clarence Chew lost to Ho Kwan Kit 7-11, 8-11, 7-11, Pang Xue Jie lost to Wong Chun Ting 11-5, 7-11, 7-11, 3-11 while Edric Lim lost to Lam Siu Hang 6-11, 7-11, 9-11.
The senior players on both the men's and women's team were rested so they can focus on the individual events.
In the women's doubles, Eunice Lim and Yee Herng Hwee also took their opening match swiftly, beating Aidai Ermekova and Burulai Seidalieva of Kyrgyzstan 11-2, 11-4, 11-1. The young paddlers will play North Koreans Kim Hye Song and Ri Mi Gyong next.
In the men's doubles, Clarence Chew and Pang Xue Jie beat Vietnam's Duong Van Nam and Le Tien Dat 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-7. Gao Ning and Yang also had no trouble against Indonesia's Donald Jachson Paleba and Gilang Ramadhan, winning 11-8, 11-2, 11-9. Both Singaporean pairs will advance to the round of 32.
Chew and Pang will play Japan's Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima next, while Gao and Yang will meet Uzbeks Elmurod Holikov and Zokhid Kenjaev.