• Kyodo


Japanese teenager Ai Fukuhara finally met her match in world No. 1-ranked Chinese Zhang Yining, losing in straight sets 4-0 in the women’s singles quarterfinals on the fifth day of action at the World Table Tennis Championships on Friday.

The 14-year-old Fukuhara, the youngest-ever member of the national team, was the first Japanese to reach the quarterfinals in 14 years as she defeated world-class opponents one by one but was overwhelmed in less than 20 minutes by Zhang 11-2, 13-11, 11-3, 11-4 at the Bercy Sports Center.

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