China's Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu booked their berths in the World Table Tennis (WTT) Singapore Smash women's singles last 16 on Tuesday. Olympic champion Ma Long eliminated compatriot Lin Shidong in the men's singles.
All three paddlers downed their rivals in straight sets, as top seed Sun dispatched Sabine Winter of Germany, Wang got past Miyuu Kihara of Japan, and Ma knocked out 17-year-old Lin.
"He has been in good form recently, bagging one title and finishing runner-up in the past two competitions, so I made good preparation for this match," said Ma, 34.
In the mixed doubles, top seeds Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha bounced back from an 11-7 loss in the first set by winning the following three sets 14-12, 11-7, 11-7 to eliminate Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin of South Korea in the round of 16. The other Chinese pair Fan Zhendong and Wang Manyu saw off Swedish duo Truls Moregard and Christina Kallberg 3-1.
In the women's doubles second round, Chen Meng and Wang Yidi recovered from their early exits in the singles event to defeat Manika Batra and Archana Girish Kamath from India 3-0.
(With input from Xinhua)
(Cover: Wang Chuqin (L) and Sun Yingsha in action during a mixed doubles match at WTT Singapore Smash on March 14, 2023. /CFP