Japan enter last 8 women’s table tennis team

From left to right, Japan’s Mima Ito, Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa smile after winning the round of 16 in women’s team table tennis against Hungary at the 2020 Summer Olympics on August 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)

TOKYO (Kyodo) – Mixed doubles champion Mima Ito defeated Dora Madarasz as Japan advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s table tennis event with a first 3-0 loss to Hungary at the Olympic Games in Tokyo Sunday.

Seeking her third medal of the games after also winning bronze in the women’s singles, Ito won 11-2, 11-6, 11-6 to put Japan firmly in control after Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano won the match. double opening at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. .

Hirano and Ishikawa got the ball rolling by beating Maria Fazekas and Szandra Pergel 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 and Hirano took an outright victory, dominating Pergel in the second singles match 11-3, 11-5, 11 -7.

“I’ve slept a lot the past two days and I’m just happy to be able to move around,” said Ito, whose bronze on Thursday was the first Olympic singles medal in the sport for a Japanese woman.

“I’m happy to be able to play a lot of matches and play with my teammates. ”

Ishikawa added: “It was the first game, there were some nerves but everyone in the team played well.”

Japan are chasing a second straight women’s team medal after Ito, Ishikawa and now-retired Ai Fukuhara, who placed third in Rio five years ago. Hirano is making his Olympic debut here.

“I’ve wanted to play in the Olympics since I was a little kid and I’m just grateful to be standing on that stage,” Hirano said. “I enjoyed playing. The Olympics are special.

The host nation faces Taiwan in the round of 16 on Monday. Taiwan beat the United States 3-0.

Heading into the quarter-finals, Ishikawa said: “We have done our homework and I hope we can play with confidence.”

China, the three-time defending champion, beat Australia 3-0.

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