Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Japan Paddlers Fall to China Again

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Japan Paddlers Fall to China Again

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Japan chipped away at the Great Wall of China in table tennis, but on Tuesday it remained a barrier too formidable to overcome.

China defeated Japan 3-1 in the final of the women's team competition at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, repeating the outcome of the gold medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

Ai Fukuhara gave Japan its lone win in the opening match, defeating world No. 2 Ding Ning 3-1 (11-6, 11-9, 3-11, 15-13), but the Chinese came back to sweep the next three matches.

Ding, the 2011 world champion and lone member of the London team playing in Incheon, clinched the victory with a 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-5) victory over Kasumi Ishikawa, Japan's top-ranked player at No. 8.

World No. 1 Liu Shiwen, the 2013 world silver medalist, defeated Ishikawa 3-1 (3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8) in the second match, then Zhu Yuling swept past 14-year-old Miu Hirano 3-0 (11-8, 11-4, 11-3) in 23 minutes to give China a 2-1 lead.

Ishikawa, Fukuhara and Sayaka Hirano won the silver medal in London, Japan's first-ever Olympic medal since the sport was added in 1988.

On Monday night, Japan advanced to the final with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Singapore--also a repeat from London two years ago.

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