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Taiwanese advances to table tennis medal round at Youth Olympics

2018/10/10 11:51:47

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 9 (CNA) Taiwanese Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) defeated a Greek opponent Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the boys' singles table tennis tournament at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games, putting him in position to win a medal.

The 17-year-old Lin rebounded quickly after losing the first game to overwhelm Inoannis Sgouropoulos 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5.

Lin will play 15-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan, the eighth-ranked player in the world in the men's table tennis rankings, in the semifinals later Wednesday.

Meanwhile, tennis player Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣) of Taiwan beat Chinese Mu Tao 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the boys' singles tennis event.

The 17-year-old Tseng told CNA before the match that he would just play to his strengths and "focus on myself regardless of my opponent's form and do whatever I can to play my best," he said.

Tseng will next play Facundo Diaz Acosta, also 17, of Argentina on Wednesday. Asked about that match, Tseng said he will stay positive mentally.

"I can't get too conservative and can't let my opponent or the crowd affect me. I just have to focus on myself," he said.

The third Summer Youth Olympic Games, also called Buenos Aires 2018, opened in Buenos Aires on Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 18. It attracted 4,000 athletes aged 15-18 from 206 countries and areas to compete in 32 sports events.

(By Hsieh Ching-wen and Elizabeth Hsu)