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Taiwan's Cheng reaches quarterfinals in women's table tennis world cup

2019/10/19 17:04:21

Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜, right)/File photo

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) on Saturday reached the quarterfinals of the women's singles tournament at the 2019 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Women's World Cup in Chengdu, China, defeating Jihee Jeon of South Korea 4-1.

The fifth-seeded Cheng was quick out of the gate, defeating her opponent 14-12, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 at the Sichuan Province Gymnasium.

Cheng previously finished runner-up at the 2016 Women's World Cup in Philadelphia, and took third place in 2017 in Markham, Canada and in Chengdu last year.

Cheng had played Jeon 12 times in the past, seven of which she lost, so it was expected to be a tough battle.

Later in the evening, the 27-year-old Cheng is scheduled to go up against Chinese player Liu Shiwen (劉詩雯), who beat her Taiwanese counterpart Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽) 4-1 in the second round of the tournament played earlier in the day.

Liu is currently fifth on the ITTF women's rankings and has won the Women's World Cup championship four times, first in 2009, then in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She also held the ITTF No. 1 ranking for nine consecutive months from January to September 2010.

The Chengdu tournament, which has a total purse of US$250,000, began Friday and concludes Sunday.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)
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