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Japan in the world women's team finals (VIDEOS) - Tabletennista

Japan in the world women's team finals (VIDEOS)

Japan strumbled in the group phase but made stronger in the main draw. Kasumi Ishikawa & Co. emerged successfully over North Korea. The Japanese team will meet the winner from the semifinal between Chinese-Taipei and China. 

Japan in its second world team final in a row. The Japanese team stood victorious over North Korea by 3-1 in semifinals. North Korea took the lead as Kim Song I emerged successfully over Mima Ito by 11-4, 11-6 and 11-7. In the second match Kasumi Ishikawa overcame Ri Myong Sun by 11-6, 11-8 and 11-5, and leveled the score for Japan. 

Ai Fukuhara extended the advantage after beating Ri Mi Gyong by 11-5, 11-6, 2-11 and 11-6. Mima Ito redeemed herself in the last fourth match. She defeated Ri Myong Sun by 4-11, 11-8, 18-20, 11-7 and 11-7, and sealed victory for Japan. 

To reach semifinals, North Korea caused upset. The North Korean team defeated Singapore by 3-2. Feng Tianwei won her two matches but she couldn't do anything more to avoid the defeat. 

Japan now has to wait for the winner between China and Chinese-Taipei. 

Tie Yana vs Chen Szu Yu Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel  

Feng Tianwei vs Kim Song I Video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel  

Photo: sport-asia.com