Tokyo Olympics: Injured Yu Mengyu loses to world no. 1, still has chance to fight for bronze

Great fight.

Tanya Ong | July 29, 2021, 10:48 AM

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Singaporean table tennis competitor Yu Mengyu did not manage to beat China's Chen Meng today (July 29) in the table tennis semi-finals.

Chen vs Yu

Winning this match would guarantee her a silver medal, while losing the match would give her one more chance to win a bronze.

Chen won four sets with a score of: 11-6, 11-8 and 11-7, 11-6.

In the fourth set, play was stopped for Yu’s knee injury to be attended to.

Chen is China's "top-ranked" paddler and is ranked #1 in the world. She is also the first female table tennis player to win four consecutive titles at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals after winning the 2020 edition in Zhengzhou.

On Tuesday (July 27), Yu beat Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa and Taiwan's Cheng I-Ching of Taiwan.

Singapore has secured three Olympic medals in table tennis: A women's team silver in 2008, a team bronze in 2012, and a bronze in the women's single, secured by Feng Tian Wei that same year.

Top photo via Kong Chong Yew via SNOC Facebook page, World Table Tennis/FB.