August 12, 2021

The first day of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games saw all Oceania Table Tennis athletes in the Men’s and Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles events hit the court.

Sally Yee (FIJ) was the first to step into the limelight, also competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Facing Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill, Sally found herself on the back foot from the beginning, despite a valiant effort in the second set, she was unable to threaten her opponent, and her Olympic campaign came to an end.

Chelsea EDGHILL (GUY) [WR 419] defeated Sally YEE (FIJ) [WR 242] 11-5, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (Preliminary Round)

Jian Fang Lay (AUS) lining up in her sixth Olympic Games, with her fifth appearance in the Women’s Singles event, brought in great experience on the international scene and was able to claim a strong win over Cuba’s Daniela Fonseca, claiming a straight four games victory. At the age of 48, Lay became only the second Australian athlete to compete in six Olympic Games, further cementing Jian Fang Lay as a legend of Oceania Table Tennis.

Jian Fang LAY (AUS) [WR 145] defeated Daniela FONSECA (CUB) [WR 288] 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12 (Preliminary Round)

With Mixed Doubles debuting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Australia’s pairing of Heming Hu and Melissa Tapper qualified as the highest world ranked mixed doubles pairing in Oceania. Heming and Melissa, both at their second Olympic Games, started slowly and were not able to gain control of the match, going down to the strong pairing of Emmanuel Lebesson and Jia Nan Yuan from France.

Emmanuel LEBESSON / Jia Nan YUAN (FRA) defeated Heming HU / Melissa TAPPER (AUS) 11-5, 11-9, 11-1, 11-0 (Round of 16)

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Michelle Bromley, (AUS) on debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, faced her first opponent in the Women’s Singles, Poland’s Natalia Partyka. Michelle could not get into the match, gave a strong performance in her first Olympic Games contest.

Natalia PARTYKA (POL) [WR 79] defeated Michelle BROMLEY (AUS) [WR 209] 11-3, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (Round 1)

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Xin Yan (AUS), in his second Olympic Games, lined up against Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu in the first round. A slow start from Xin made the going tough, and although he fought hard, he was unable to claim the win, and his Men’s Singles event came to an end.

Ovidiu IONESCU (ROU) [WR 55] defeated Xin YAN (AUS) [WR 217] 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6 (First Round)

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Yoshua Shing (VAN), at his third Olympic Games, came up against the powerful Argentinian Horacio Cifuentes who was too tough an opponent. Yoshua was unable to trouble the scoreboard and his Olympic campaign came to an end.

Horacio CIFUENTES (ARG) [WR 73] defeated Yoshua SHING (VAN) [WR 248] 11-2, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (First Round)

Jian Fang Lay (AUS), returned to the table following her preliminary round win and was able to continue the form against Debora Vivarelli of Italy. Starting strongly, Jian won the first game of the match. Debora fought back winning the next game to tie the match. Jian composed herself and won the final three games to win the match to move into the second round of the Women’s Singles event.

Jian Fang LAY (AUS) [WR 145] defeated Debora VIVARELLI (ITA) [WR 71] 11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-2 (First Round)

David Powell (AUS), in his second Olympic Games, had a walkover in his first round Men’s Singles match against Czech Republic player Pavel Sirucek moving onto the second round. In David’s second round match, David came up against the strong Slovakian Yang Wang. David tried hard, however was unable to win a game.

Yang WANG (SVK) [WR 34] defeated David POWELL (AUS) [WR 239] 11-4, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (Second Round)

Jian Fang Lay (AUS), returned to the table following her first-round win and performed well against a much higher ranked Qian Li of Poland. Starting strongly, Jian won the first two games of the match. Qian fought back though, winning the next two games to tie the match. Jian composed herself and won the final two games to win the match and move into the third round of the Women’s Singles event.

Jian Fang LAY (AUS) [WR 145] defeated Qian LI (POL) [WR 38] 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4 (Second Round)

Jian Fang Lay (AUS) returning to the table following her second-round win, was unable to continue her success against Ying Han of Germany. Although putting up a strong fight, Jian was unable to win the match and her run in the Women’s Singles event came to an end equaling her best finish at an Olympic Games in the third round.

Ying HAN (GER) [WR 20] defeated Jian Fang LAY (AUS) [WR 145] 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (Third Round)

The first ever Mixed Doubles event was played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match saw a showdown between France (Emmanuel Lebesson and Jia Nan Yuan) and Chinese Taipei (Lin Yun-Ju and Ching I-Ching). Both mixed doubles pairings are national heroes in their country, but on the day only one would be celebrated. It was the Chinese Taipei pair who claimed the Bronze Medal.

LIN Yun-Ju / CHING I-Ching (TPE) defeated Emmanuel LEBESSON / Jia Nan YUAN (FRA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (Bronze Medal Match)

The Gold Medal Match was a showdown between China (Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen) and Japan (Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito). In one of the biggest Table Tennis upsets of all time, Japan came from behind and won the match four games to three.

Jun MIZUTANI / Mima ITO (JPN) defeated XU Xin / LIU Shiwen (CHN) 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (Gold Medal Match)

The Singles Events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were played, and once again Chinese athletes showed their class. In the Women’s Singles event, the Asian countries of China, Singapore and Japan continued to display why they are the best in the world.

The Bronze Medal Match saw a showdown between Mima Ito (JPN) and Yu Mengyu (SGP). Both athletes are national heroes in their country, but on the day only one would be celebrated. It was Mima Ito who claimed the Bronze Medal.

Mima ITO (JPN) [WR 3] defeated YU Mengyu (SGP) [WR 31] 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (Bronze Medal Match)

Once again, the Gold Medal Match was a showdown between two Chinese athletes – Chen Meng (CHN) and Sun Yingsha (CHN). In previous encounters, Chen Meng had prevailed, including the 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup and 2020 ITTF Finals. She was able to complete another win over Sun Yingsha winning the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Table Tennis Women’s Singles event.

CHEN MENG (CHN) [WR 1] defeated SUN Yingsha (CHN) [WR 2] 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9 (Gold Medal Match)

The Men’s Singles Event saw a number of surprise results in the earlier rounds, however when it came down to the business end of the event there was no surprise that China, Chinese Taipei and Germany featured in the medal matches.

The Bronze Medal Match saw Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) line up against Lin Yun-Ju (TPE). The match see-sawed with both players feeling nervous due to the occasion, however it was Dimitrij that was able to hold his nerves best and come out on top to claim a career defining Olympic Medal in the Men’s Singles Event.

Dimitrij OVTCHAROV (GER) [WR 7] defeated LIN Yun-Ju (TPE) [WR 5] 13-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-4, 4-11, 15-13, 11-7 (Bronze Medal Match)

Following successful results in the Semi Finals, the Gold Medal Match saw current World Number 1, Fan Zhendong (CHN), face compatriot, Rio 2016 Olympic Games Table Tennis Men’s Singles Gold Medalist and three-time Men’s Singles World Champion, Ma Long (CHN). The current World Number 2, Ma Long showed why he is considered the world’s best with a dominant display throughout the match to claim the Olympic Gold Medal.

MA Long (CHN) [WR 2] defeated FAN Zhendong (CHN) [WR 1] 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7 (Gold Medal Match)

With the Mixed Doubles and Singles events won, and the medal ceremonies completed, it was time for the Team’s Events to commence. Oceania had one team competing in both the Men’s Team Event and Women’s Team Event. Australia qualified as the Oceania representative following their results at the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Olympic Team Qualification event. The Team Event is a straight knock out event with 16 teams in total.

Australia (Jian Fang Lay, Michelle Bromley and Melissa Tapper) faced Germany (Ying Han, Petrissa Solja and Xiaona Shan) in the first round. The opening match of doubles saw Petrissa Solja and Xiaona Shan account for Melissa Tapper and Michelle Bromley in three games. Ying Han had to fight hard to beat Oceania Champion Jian Fang Lay in 5 games and in the final singles match, Xiaona Shan played well to beat Michelle Bromley in 3 games. The Australians were unable to win the match bowing out of the Olympic Games.

Petrissa SOLJA / Xiaona SHAN (GER) defeated Melissa TAPPER / Michelle BROMLEY (AUS) 11-1, 11-5, 11-4

Ying HAN (GER) defeated Jian Fang LAY (AUS) 13-11, 9-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2

Xiaona SHAN (GER) defeated Michelle BROMLEY (AUS) 11-2, 11-3, 11-9

The first round of the Men’s Team Event saw Australia face the home country Japan (Tomokazu Harimoto, Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa). Following the results from the singles event, Australia was looking to bounce back after not getting past the early rounds against higher ranked athletes.

2021/08/02. Team Event Round of 16 at Tokyo 2020, Olympic Games, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium .

Australia (Xin Yan, David Powell and Heming Hu) started as underdogs against Japan. Australia needed to get off to a good start in the Doubles match to put the pressure on Japan. Heming Hu paired up with Xin Yan against Koki Niwa and Jun Mizutani. After a nervous start, the Australian pair were unable to get on top going down 3 straight games to lose the doubles match. Japan’s number 1, Tomokazu Harimoto, played strongly to give Japan a two-match lead defeating David Powell in straight games. Jun Mizutani followed suit with a straight games victory over Xin Yan. Japan claimed the Team’s Match 3-0 and move onto the Quarter Finals.

Koki NIWA / Jun MIZUTANI (JPN) defeated Heming HU / Xin YAN (AUS) 11-7, 11-3, 11-8

Tomokazu HARIMOTO (JPN) defeated David POWELL (AUS) 11-4, 11-9, 11-7

Jun MIZUTANI (JPN) defeated Xin YAN (AUS) 11-4, 11-1, 11-9

The Women’s Team Bronze Medal match saw Germany (Ying Han, Petrissa Solja and Xiaona Shan) line up against Hong Kong, China (Soo Wai Yam Minnie, Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching). The Teams match see-sawed with both players feeling nervous due to the occasion, however it was Hong Kong, China that was able to hold their nerve best and come out on top to claim a career defining Olympic Medal in the Women’s Team Event.

Xiaona SHAN / Petrissa SOLJA (GER) defeated LEE Ho Ching / DOO Hoi Kem (HKG) 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 15-13

SOO Wai Yam Minnie (HKG) defeated Ying HANG (GER) 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7

DOO Hoi Kem (HKG) defeated Petrissa SOLJA (GER) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9

SOO Wai Yam Minnie (HKG) defeated Xiaona SHAN (GER) 12-10, 13-11, 11-7

Following successful results in the Semi Finals, the Gold Medal Match saw current World Champions, China, face Japan. The World Champions showed why they are considered the world’s best in a dominate display throughout the match to claim the Women’s Team Gold Medal.

CHEN Meng / WANG Manyu (CHN) defeated Kasumi ISHIKAWA / Miu HIRANO (JPN) 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7

SUN Yingsha (CHN) defeated Mima ITO (JPN) 11-8, 11-5, 3-11, 11-3

WANG Manyu (CHN) defeated Miu HIRANO (JPN) 11-5, 11-9, 11-3

The Men’s Team Bronze Medal match saw the Republic of Korea (Lee Sangsu, Jeoung Youngsik and Jang Woojin) line up against Japan (Tomokazu Harimoto, Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa). The Teams match see-sawed, however it was Japan that was able to hold their nerve best and come out on top to claim a career defining Olympic Medal in the Men’s Team Event.

Jun MIZUTANI / Koki NIWA (JPN) defeated LEE Sangsu / JEOUNG Youngsik (KOR) 11-9, 8-11, 15-13, 11-5

Tomokazu HARIMOTO (JPN) defeated JANG Woojin (KOR) 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7

JEOUNG Youngsik (KOR) defeated Koki NIWA (JPN) 14-12, 11-9, 11-8

Jun MIZUTANI (JPN) defeated JANG Woojin (KOR) 14-12, 11-9, 11-8

Following successful results in the Semi Finals, the Gold Medal Match saw current World Champions, China, face Germany. The World Champions showed why they are considered the world’s best in a dominant display throughout the contest to claim the Men’s Team Gold Medal.

XU Xin / MA Long (CHN) defeated Patrick FRANZISKA / Timo BOLL (GER) 11-7, 11-3, 11-9

FAN Zhendong (CHN) defeated Dimitrij OVTCHAROV (GER) 3-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-3

MA Long (CHN) defeated Timo BOLL (GER) 11-5, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7

Oceania Table Tennis athletes consisted of:

Australia

Xin YAN

David POWELL

Heming HU

Jian Fang LAY

Michelle BROMLEY

Melissa TAPPER

Fiji

Sally YEE

Vanuatu

Yoshua SHING