North Korea poses a tricky challenge in the world of table tennis. Armed with a world class training facility, their players are tough enough opponents. But North Korean players rarely play in tournaments outside of their home nation, making them problematic to scout and adding to the difficulty in beating them.
Well, not for China.
Team China continued their single-minded march to defend Olympic gold with a 3-0 dismantling of North Korea Saturday morning. The Chinese won each line in straight sets and still haven’t dropped a set in the team competition these Games.
China will now face Singapore in the first semifinal Sunday evening, who were 3-2 winners over South Korea in the morning’s most hotly contested bout.
Singapore jumped to an early lead when Feng Tianwei swept Seo Hyo-won. But South Korea would rally back to take a 2-1 lead after the doubles point.
But Singapore’s singles players would win the day. First it was Zhou Yihan’s turn to shutout Seo, before Feng took the rubber match 3-1.
The action continues with the men’s first round this afternoon, with all four matches streaming live on NBCOlympics.com.