Chinese paddlers fare through first round at T2 Diamond Singapore

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-22 22:44:46|Editor: yan
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SINGAPORE, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese paddlers mostly sailed through the first round of the T2 Diamond Singapore, with Liangjingkun losing a seven-game thriller to South Korea's Jeoung Young-sik as exception here on Friday.

Five Chinese paddlers claim women's singles quarterfinal spots.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Ding Ning sailed to an 11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 5-2 victory over fellow Chinese He Zhuojia.

Ding will next face another compatriot Sun Yingsha, who dispatched Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei 11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6, 5-1.

Top-ranked Chen Meng cruised past home favorite Feng Tianwei 11-4, 11-5, 11-7, 11-3 to book a berth in last eight.

Before the trio, Chen Xingtong and Wang Manyu had already advanced on Thursday, setting up the other all-Chinese quarterfinal clash in the top half.

But men's category saw a different scenario, as Liang Jingkun crashed out of the round of 16 against Jeoung Young-sik 11-5, 11-10, 7-11, 11-3, 4-5, 2-5, 5-3.

China's Lin Gaoyuan overcame World Championships runner-up Mattias Falck from Sweden 11-8, 11-9, 11-10, 9-11, 5-4.

The T2 Diamond Table Tennis League is a series of annual professional events organized in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

T2 Diamond 2019 features 32 of the world's best men's and women's players competing across three tournaments for a combined prize money of 1.5 million U.S. dollars and bonus ITTF World Ranking points as they battle their way to 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification.

The tournament adopts a best-of-seven format with all games played to 11 points. If no player has won four games after 24 minutes of play, the match will enter a "FAST5" game played to five points.

16 men's and 16 women's players participate in the elimination knockout tournament which ends on Sunday.