Day 2: Table tennis heats up at the Riocentro

Competition heats up in Rio

Mathilda Ekholm

9:00 AM

Day two of Olympic table tennis kicked off Sunday morning with a quartet of matches from the second round of women’s singles. It was the most competitive slate of matches to date at the Riocentro, with a pair of contests going the distance.

The most enthralling match of the morning was found on table four. Down 3 games to 2 and facing five match points, Thailand’s Nanthana Komwong battled back to win seven straight and force a winner-take-all game 7, where she outlasted a visibly dejected Fu Yu of Portugal.

Li Fen (SWE) was also a winner in a marathon bout over Balazova (SVK). Li was down 2-1 and 3-2 in the match, but fought her way through a 12-10 slugfest in the sixth before coasting to victory in game 7.

Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu was the beneficiary of a comprehensive collapse as she stormed back down 0-2 to win in six games against Belarus’s Privalova Alexandra. After four close games to open the match, the Belarusian sleepwalked through the final two games of the tilt, losing both games 11-5.

While the fourth match of the morning went to France’s Li Xue in a 4-0 sweep over Puerto Rico’s Diaz Adriana, it was far closer than the score indicated. After a blowout game 1, the remainder of the match was entertaining and competitive, with multiple rallies of more than a minute.

Table tennis action continues all day Sunday with men’s singles action streaming live on NBCOlympics.com.

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