Chen Meng of China returns the ball against KATO Miyu of Japan, capital of central China's Henan Province, Nov. 19,2020. (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)
China's World Cup finalists Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha reached ITTF Finals quarters.
ZHENGZHOU, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- World Cup finalists Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha, both from China, encountered no surprises by going past respective opponents and made into last eight at the ITTF Finals here on Thursday.
Newly-crowned Chen met some resistance from Japanese paddler Miyu Kato before triumphing 11-6, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4.
Despite the victory, Chen thought she had some problem during the process.
"It was an intense match, and I was not quite comfortable when getting into it. The win was a recognition, but I was a bit slow in avoiding some problem on the court," she noted.
"It's the second match that I have participated in during these days. It's fine for me to build momentum in the match, but when opponents push me hard, I need to make adjustments on mentality," Chen acknowledged.
Chen will next face Petrissa Solja of Germany. "We haven't played a lot, so I have to make better preparation for this game," Chen noted.
Sun was unstoppable in front of Jeon Ji-hee of South Korea, storming to a 12-10, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 victory.
"Her forehand posed great threat to me. The first two games were close. I had a better handle on some crucial points," commented the World Cup runner-up Sun, who will take on South Korean defender Suh Hyo-won in the quarterfinals.
"I need to keep patient about it," Sun said. ■