OLYMPICS/Taiwan ousted from women's team table tennis event in Tokyo

08/02/2021 10:09 PM
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Cheng Hsien-tzu (left) and Chen Szu-yu lead off for Taiwan in the women
Cheng Hsien-tzu (left) and Chen Szu-yu lead off for Taiwan in the women's team table tennis event against their Japanese rivals in Tokyo Tuesday. CNA photo Aug. 2, 2021

Tokyo, Aug. 2 (CNA) Taiwan was eliminated by Japan in the quarterfinals of the women's table tennis team event at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, falling 3-0 in the best-of-five match encounter.

Reaching the quarterfinals was nonetheless the best showing for Taiwan's women's table tennis team at the Olympics, outpacing the round of 16 finish in 2016 at Rio.

Cheng Hsien-tzu (鄭先知) and Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽) led off for Taiwan in the doubles with an 8-11, 6-11, 5-11 loss to Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano of Japan.

Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) then fell 2-11, 9-11, 8-11 to Mima Ito, who took bronze in the women's singles in Tokyo and won gold in the mixed doubles with Jun Mizutani after topping Cheng I-ching and Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) in the semifinals.

Chen played the most competitive match Monday, taking a game off Hirano before losing 9-11, 11-7, 4-11, 4-11.

Japan is seeking a second straight women's team medal after Ito, Ishikawa and the now-retired Ai Fukuhara placed third in Rio five years ago.

The men's team -- comprised of Chen Chien-an (陳建安), Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) and Lin Yun-ju -- will play against Germany in the quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon.

The men's team has also set a best for Taiwan in the event by reaching the quarterfinals.

(By Hsieh Ching-wen and Joseph Yeh)

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