Ding Ning of China competes during the women's singles match against Li Jie of the Netherlands at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany, June 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)
DUSSELDORF, Germany, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Ding Ning of China defeated Li Jie of the Netherlands 4-0 to enter the women's singles quarterfinals at the World Table Tennis Champioships here on Friday.
The top-seeded Ding routed the former Chinese player Li 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 to book a quarterfinal clash against sixth seed Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan, who beat Romania's Elizabeta Samara 4-0 in the day's other match.
Ding, also the Olympic gold medalist in Rio, will be joined by four Chinese teammates in the last eight.
Second seed Liu Shiwen beat Kim Song I of DPR Korea 4-0, third seed Zhu Yuling defeated world No. 10 Ito Mima of Japan 4-2, fifth seed Chen Meng ousted Danlela Monteriro Dodean of Romania 4-2 and quarlifier Mu Zi routed Japan's Kato Miyu 4-0.
That means two matches in the quarterfinals will be all-Chinese affairs, with Liu meeting Mu and Zhu taking on Chen.
The 17-year-old will fight for a semifinal berth against another former Chinese player Feng Tianwei as the Singaporean beat Germany's Kristin Silbereisen 4-2 to smash the hosts' hope of winning a medal.