Chinese Women Paddlers Dominate US Open Singles

The Chinese women paddlers secured three of the semifinal berths by sweeping their opponents in the quarterfinals of the US Open/ITTF Pro Tour on Friday.

Top-ranked Wang Nan who disposed Suk Eun Mi of South Korea this morning by straight sets, continued her adventure despite losing her first set, by beating chopper Jing Tian-Zoerner of Germany 22- 20, 21-12, 18-21 and 21-17 for her semifinal berth.

"Facing a chopper, I must refrain from upsetting myself emotionally," said Wang Nan, "and the winner will be the one with patience and surely with prowess."

Second-ranked Li Ju had a relatively easy victory by beating compatriot Yang Ying 21-16, 21-16 and 21-14 after eliminating An Konishi of Japan 3-1 in the morning.

Li Ju will face another teammate in the semifinal as Sun Jin defeated Ni Xia Lian of Luxemburg 21-16, 21-10 and 21-10 this afternoon, following a victory over Steff Mihaela of Romania this morning.

The other semifinal berth was snatched by Chen Jing of Chinese Taipei who savored a hard win over Ryu Ji Hye of South Korea after being extracted to full sets.

Chen Jing who defeated another South Korean Kim Moo Kyo 3-1 in the morning, was plunged into a see-saw battle against Ryu as both paddlers split the first four sets through intense competitions.

Chen Jing only established her dominance in the fifth set by initiating a 4-1 lead and enlarging her advantage to 12-2 before sealing the match 21-19, 15-21, 22-20, 17-21 and 21-10.

The semifinals and finals will be held on Saturday, with Wang Nan of China facing Chen Jing of Chinese Taipei and Li Jun playing her Chinese compatriot Sun Jin.

People's Daily Online ---