Singapore's table tennis team continued its Olympic campaign today (July 25) with two matches being played.
Yu Mengyu, competing in the Women's Singles event, beat Shao Jieni of Portugal 4 – 0.
Yu holds the 44th spot in the Table Tennis World Rankings, while Shao's rank is 63rd.
According to the Tokyo Olympics' official report, Yu won the first two sets in just five minutes each.
Yu will advance to Round 3 of the competition, along with 31 other athletes.
Her next match is scheduled for tomorrow, Jul. 26, and her opponent will be 8th-ranked Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei.
Athletes from Taiwan compete under the name "Chinese Taipei" since its government rejected the International Olympic Committee’s suggestion to compete as "Taiwan" in 1981.
Clarence Chew did not advance to Round 3
Meanwhile, in the Men's Singles event, Singapore's Clarence Chew lost 4 – 1 to Austria's Habesohn Daniel, who is ranked 44th, and did not progress to Round 3.
In his previous match, Chew won against Diaw Ibrahima of Senegal despite the latter being ranked 71st.
Chew's current ranking is 186, according to records from the International Table Tennis Federation.The Singapore Table Tennis Association described Chew's performance as "a great fight" in an Instagram post on July 25.
"We are proud of his fight!" wrote the association.
Table Tennis: Upcoming matches for Team Singapore
- July 26: Women's Singles Round 3: Yu Mengyu (Singapore) vs Cheng I Ching (Chinese Taipei)
- July 27: Women's Singles Round 3: Feng Tianwei (Singapore) vs Xia Maria (Spain)
- Aug. 1: Women's Team Round of 16: Singapore vs France
Top image by Kong Chong Yew/SNOC via Singapore National Olympic Council on Facebook and Sport Singapore