Reporting from TokyoTOKYO — Yu Mengyu's stirring run in the table tennis women's singles competition came to a halt in the semi-finals on Thursday (29 July), as the Singaporean paddler fell 0-4 (6-11, 8-11, 7-11, 6-11) to China's world No.1 Chen Meng at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
The 31-year-old will now have a shot at bronze medal later in the evening, when she will face Japan's Mima Ito, who also lost in straight sets (3-11, 9-11, 6-11, 4-11) to China's Sun Yingsha.“China’s strength in singles is really beyond me. I tried to think of different solutions but my singles abilities and overall abilities were just not as good as Chen. Whether it was my speed or the weak points, I was unable to cause a threat," Yu told the official Olympic media service after her match.
Yu had met Chen only once before, in the round of 32 at the 2019 Hungarian Open, where she lost in straight sets.Injury worries for bronze-medal matchMidway through the fourth set, Yu took a lengthy injury timeout to treat her left thigh, causing concerns as to whether she will be fit for the evening's bronze-medal match. headtopics.com
Yu began tearing up when describing her injury condition, and said, "As a professional athlete, concluding a match is very important."For me to stand in this Olympic area is already very difficult. So I really didn’t want to easily give up on this match because of injury. No matter what the outcome, I wanted to persevere till the end.
“In the afternoon I will make some adjustments, especially regarding this injury."This is Yu's best showing at the Olympics, improving on her quarter-finals showing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.On Wednesday, she had4-1 in the quarter-finals to book a place in the final four.Read more: Yahoo Singapore »
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