• Kyodo


Teenage table tennis star Ai Fukuhara fell to China’s Guo Yan 4-2 in the women’s singles third round as all of the remaining Japanese players crashed out of the world championships Tuesday.

Fukuhara failed to match her quarterfinal finish in her world championship debut last year in Paris as she lost 11-3, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5 to local favorite Guo, who is ranked eighth in the world, at Shanghai Gymnasium.

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