Taiwan's table tennis team eliminated from world cup in London

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Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽)/ CNA file photo

Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽)/ CNA file photo

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) A Taiwanese women's table tennis team suffered a crushing defeat in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Team World Cup in London on Friday, during which they faced off against the North Korean women's team.

In a best-of-five-match encounter, the team from Taiwan proceeded to lose three matches in a row, the exact opposite of how they performed the day before in the competition against Australia that won them a spot in the quarterfinals.

Taiwan's Chen Szu-yu (陳思羽), Cheng Hsien-tzu (鄭先知) and Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) played for the team in a doubles and two singles matches.

Chen and Cheng Hsien-tzu kicked off the doubles match, playing against North Korea's Kim Nam-hae and Cha Hyo-sim.

While the two started out strong, winning two sets 11-9, 11-8, they lost their chance to win the match when they were defeated in a third set that ended in a close 9-11 score. After that, they went on to lose the final two sets 6-11, 7-11, losing the first point for the Taiwan team.

Cheng I-ching played against North Korea's Kim Song-i in the first of two singles matches, but she was only able to win one of the four sets.

Cheng I-ching never found her footing in the match, and ultimately lost 3-11, 9-11, 11-8, 3-11.

The same was true for Chen Szu-yu who later faced off against Cha Hyo-sim in the deciding second singles match, losing 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 5-11.

Having lost the best-of-five-match encounter 0-3, the team from Taiwan was eliminated from the world cup and cannot advance into the semifinals.

(By Kuan-lin Liu and Lee Chin-wei)

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