• Kyodo


Koki Niwa fended off Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov 4-3 to advance to the men’s singles quarterfinals at the world championships on Sunday.

Niwa, ranked 11th in the world, defeated No. 5 Ovtcharov 11-13, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 and was set to face second-ranked Fan Zhendong of China in their quarterfinal later in the day.

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