Rio Olympics: USA Table Tennis loses in the first round of competition

The U.S. Women’s Table Tennis team’s run in the Olympic Games ended with its first round encounter against Germany. Third-seeded Germany beat the USA, 3-0, in a smooth run to enter the quarterfinals.

The game started with Germany’s top defender Han Ying defeating the USA’s Zheng Jiaqi 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-6) to give Germany a one-point lead. Zheng, who has a good record against players of similar style as Han’s, was expected to put up a good fight. However, Han kept her best defensive game forward to give Germany a winning start.

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The USA’s top player Lily Zhang came next against German pen holder Shan Xiaona. Zhang seemed uncomfortable from the beginning against Shan’s fast paced game. Shan beat Zhang 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-2) to give Germany a two-point lead.

The third match in an Olympic Games team event is doubles. The German pair of Solja Petrissa and Shan Xiaona beat the American pair of Jennifer (Yue) Wu and Zheng Jiaqi in a nail-biting, 3-2, (11-9, 12-14, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7) victory. The German pair won a total of 54 points, only 3 more than the US pair.

In the end, Germany beat USA 3-0 and will progress into the quarterfinals. Germany will play Hong Kong on Saturday at 5:30 pm EST.

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