Thu, 28 Oct 2021

TOKYO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korea became the first team to reach the table tennis men's team semifinal at Tokyo 2020 after whitewashing Brazil 3-0 here on Monday.

World No. 12 Jang Woo-jin, South Korea's top seed in the men's rankings, Jeoung Young-sik and Lee Sang-su joined hands to complete the day of victories for their country, as their female counterparts beat Poland 3-0 in the first round.

Lee and Jeoung took down Vitor Ishiy and Gustavo Tsuboi in the opening doubles match 3-0, before Jang beat Hugo Calderano 3-0 in surprisingly easy fashion, and Jeoung fought tooth and nail to triumph over Tsuboi 3-2.

The South Koreans will now play the winners between defending champions China and France, who will meet on Monday evening.

In the women's quarterfinal clash between China's Hong Kong and Romania, Hong Kong's Doo Hoi Kem, Lee Ho Ching and Soo Wai Yam fought back from an opening 3-2 defeat in the doubles game, and secured the next three points to book a semifinal slot.

Soo and Lee fell to the Romanian pair of Daniela Dodean and Elizabeta Samara, before Doo rescued a point for Hong Kong with a 3-0 win over Bernadette Szocs in the following singles match.

Lee then won 3-0 against Samara in the third game, while Doo returned quickly into action and dispatched Dodean in three sets to ensure progress for Hong Kong.

"We had very good teamwork today and adjusted quickly after being one game down," commented Doo after the match.

The other quarterfinal between Chinese Taipei and the Mima Ito-led Japan team is scheduled for Monday evening.

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