Fukuhara defeats world No. 1

Kyodo News

Ai Fukuhara upset world No. 1 Liu Shiwen of China four games to two in the opening round of the women’s singles at the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals in Macau on Friday.

Fukuhara, ranked 21st in the world, defeated 18-year-old Liu 5-11, 11-9, 12-10, 2-11, 11-3, 12-10 to reach the quarterfinals.

Countrywoman Sayaka Hirano also advanced after cruising past Cheong Cheng of Macao 11-2, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6.

On Saturday, both Fukuhara and Hirano were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

South Korea’s Kim Kyung Ah defeated Fukuhara 13-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7, while China’s Guo Yan downed Hirano 11-5, 11-3, 11-8, 11-5.