Mima Ito defeated in ladies’ table tennis singles semi-final

Recently crowned Olympic table tennis champion in mixed doubles, Mima Ito saw her gold medal hopes in women’s singles shattered Thursday when she was beaten by China’s Sun Yingsha in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Games.

The third seed Ito was dominated in all departments in the second semi-final of the day at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, losing 11-3, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4 to his second opponent. first in the series.

Japan’s Mima Ito (facing camera) faces South Korea’s Jeon Ji Hee in the quarter-finals of the women’s table tennis singles at the Tokyo Olympics on July 28, 2021 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Ito won and qualified for the semi-finals. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

Sun will face Chen Meng in an all-Chinese final later today after the seed defeated Singapore’s Yu Mengyu in consecutive matches 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 11-6. Ito faces Yu for the bronze medal.

Ito, 20, had a good fate early in Game 2 and led two times by six points, but looked deflated after Sun rallied to win the game and dominate the rest of the game.

“I couldn’t turn the tide. I paid the price for not being able to close the second game,” Ito said. “It’s bitterly disappointing. It’s not like my form is that bad.”

“But that’s where I am right now and I just have to try to regroup for the next game.”

China’s Sun Yingsha (left) celebrates after beating Japan’s Mima Ito in the women’s table tennis singles semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 29, 2021 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. (Kyodo) (SELECTION) == Kyodo

Third-place playoff victory over Yu would see Ito become the first Japanese woman to win a table tennis singles medal at the Olympics.

She’s already made history in Tokyo, teaming up with veteran Jun Mizutani to give Japan their first-ever Olympic gold in the sport after an emotional comeback in the mixed doubles final on Monday.

Japan’s Mima Ito reacts after losing a point in her table tennis women’s singles semi-final match against China’s Sun Yingsha at the Tokyo Olympics on July 29, 2021 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

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