Ai Fukuhara and partner Ryusuke Sakamoto came from behind to beat top-seeded Takanori Shimoyama and Akiko Takeda on Thursday and advance to the mixed doubles semifinals of the table tennis national championships.

The 16-year-old Fukuhara and Sakamoto, who plays in the German Bundesliga, eliminated last year’s runners-up with a 5-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 victory in the quarterfinals at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

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