Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games-Table tennis-Women’s singles-Third round-Tokyo Gymnasium-Tokyo, Japan-July 27, 2021. The Japanese Mima Ito plays against the Portuguese Fuyu REUTERS / Thomas Peter
July 27, 2021
Tokyo (Reuters) – Japanese medal enthusiast Mima Ito overtook her Portuguese rivals on Tuesday to play in the last 16 matches of the women’s singles Olympic table tennis tournament.
With Jun Mizutani, after a big victory over China in mixed doubles on Monday night, Japan’s first table tennis gold was won second in the world, beating Portugal’s YuFu 4-1.
“I didn’t rest well last night, but I completely changed my mind to focus on the singles,” Ito told reporters. “I am really confident.
Ito beat the Chinese paddler he could face in the next rounds, and Japan’s victory last night raised hopes that others would challenge China’s dominance.
“The mixed doubles event was the safest gold medal for China, but they lost it, so I think everyone will fight for more gold medals,” said the paddler. Brazilian Hugo. Calderano said after beating Slovenian Bojan Tokić in the third round.
“More players will start to believe it and maybe other great things will happen.”
After the unexpected defeat of Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin, the best Chinese players are doing their best.
Fan Zhendong (24), world number one and former youth Olympic champion in Nanjing 2014, made his Olympic debut in men’s singles by beating French paddler Emmanuel Rubeson 4-0.
“Competition is competition. I don’t think too much, ”fans said, relieving the pressure.
Olympic champion Rio Ma Long, 32, secured his position in 16 rounds after beating Indian Kamal Achanta 4-1.
In women’s singles, Chinese heavyweights Chen Meng and Son Yuri placed first and third in the world, respectively, and both won their opponents.
The first Olympic player, Sun, said that Xu and Liu had done their best despite their loss.
“After seeing what happened, my motivation was even greater. I will prepare myself harder, ”she said.
(Report by Hidemi Yamamitsu, edited by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Karishma Singh)
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