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China eyes comeback in table tennis
After their tough loss in the mixed doubles, it looks like China still has a chance to redeem their stand as the best team in table tennis. The women’s team trio of Chen Meng, Sun Yingsha, and Wang Manyu are still en route for a medal run in the quarterfinals of the contest.
The trio has beaten Austria in the prior round and crushed them in the doubles, holding them to no sets won in that match. China looks to surge back into the top of the Games as they look to get back on the chase for a gold finish as well.
Wang said they needed to give it their all in that win. It was tough, but also a good win at least. No one even expected China to beat them that way. It was still close for them as all sets ended with just a few points ahead for China.
Chen faced off with a 3-0 win in the singles before Wang shut down Austria with the same score. They are back on their groove in the Games, which is good for China at this point.
The team had Liu Shiwen but was replaced by Wang. The star was playing in her first Games as a reserve. She made the most of her chance and ensured that China would call on her with big wins as well.
Shiwen was injured after China’s loss in the mixed doubles. Coach Li Sun said the star's injured elbow led to her withdrawal from the remainder of the Games. Prior to their loss to Japan, China was undefeated in team events for both men and women since 2008.
‘There were some ups-and-downs in the atmosphere, with the gold medal win in the singles and a loss in the mixed doubles’, the coach said. ‘I think another gold medal for the team event is important. It would be the highest honour, really important’.
China wants to make the most of this chance as an answer to the doubts that they have received since their loss in the mixed doubles to Japan. It has been some tough runs for them, but it seems that the team is keen to win.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores