Ishikawa exits women’s table tennis singles

Kasumi Ishikawa became the latest Japanese victim in table tennis competition at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday as the fifth seed was sent to the women’s singles quarter-finals.

A day after medal contender Tomokazu Harimoto was knocked out of the men’s round of 16, Ishikawa was given a 4-1 beating at the hands of Singapore’s Yu Mengyu at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan (red) plays in the quarterfinal of the women’s singles table tennis tournament at the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 28, 2021 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. (Kyodo)

Despite a 7-3 record against Yu in international meetings leading up to the quarter-finals, the Singaporean has always been a tough guy for Ishikawa and Wednesday’s game was no exception.

Two-time Olympic team medalist Ishikawa got off to a good start by winning the opener.

But the tide turned in Yu’s favor in Game 3 and Ishikawa couldn’t find a way back, losing 8-11, 11-5, 14-12, 11-6, 11-2.

“There is absolutely nothing positive I can take from this performance. It really hurts to lose at this point in the tournament,” said Ishikawa, who was upset in her opener at the Rio Olympics. five years ago, when she was considered one of the medal contenders.

“I’m going to have to try to regroup for the team competition and make sure I don’t leave anything behind,” added the Yamaguchi native.

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