Republic of Korea starts well
The Republic of Korea, ranked fourth in the men’s team, underlined their reference with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia when they launched their campaign in the men’s table tennis team. Lee Sangsu and Jeoung Youngsik won their opening game convincingly 3-0 against the Slovenian duo Deni Kozul and Bojan Tokic. Jang Woojin was pushed into the distance by Darko Jorgic but managed to finish the fifth game 11-5 and put Korea Republic 2-0 up. Tokic gave Slovenia a brief respite when they won their third game 3-1 against Jeoung, but it was the Koreans who advance to the quarter-finals after Jang defeated Kozul 3-1 in the fourth game.
Romania starts successfully
Romania started their medal hunt for the women’s team with a 3-0 win over Egypt, which faces a tougher trial against Hong Kong, China, in the quarter-finals. Daniela Dodean and Elizabeta Samara secured Romania the early points when they beat Yousra Helmy and Farah Abdelaziz 3-0 in the first double. Bernadette Szocs then defeated Dina Meshref in a five-game thriller, which Szocs eventually triumphed 3-2. Samara returned in the next single game, in which she trumped Abdelaziz again and won 3-1.
Hong Kong, China destroys Brazilian hopes
Brazil were eliminated from the women’s team after losing 3-1 to Hong Kong, China. Soo Wai Yam Minnie and Lee Ho Ching proved to be too strong for Jessica Yamada and Caroline Kumahara when they took advantage of the early initiative 3-0 in 27 minutes. Doo Hoi Kem continued to give Hong Kong and China the advantage with a 3-0 win over Bruna Takahashi before Kumahara cut the gap for Brazil with a 3-2 win over Lee. Doo then returned in the fourth game to beat Yamada 3-1, sealing Hong Kong, China’s entry into the quarter-finals where they face Romania.
Chinese Taipei outperforms Croatia
Chinese Taipei, in seventh place, passed Croatia 3-0 in the men’s team’s opening tournament. Croatia, three places below them, fought a gallant fight in the opening game, but Tomislav Frane and Andrej Gacina still lost 3-2 to Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan. Gold medalist in mixed doubles, Lin Yun-Ju, made an easy job for Tomislav Pucar when he won the game 3-0 in 21 minutes. Chuang put Chinese Tapei into the quarter-finals by beating Gacina with a similar 3-0 result in the third game.
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