China-U.S. pair Jha/Wang halts advance in mixed doubles at table tennis worlds
Nov 27, 2021
Houston (USA) Nov 27: Two China-U.S. pairs had different fates at the round of 16 in the mixed doubles at the World Table Tennis Championships held here on Friday.
Lin Gaoyuan/Lily Zhang dispatched their Russian opponents Kirill Skachkov/Olga Vorobeva 3-1, winning their tickets to the quarterfinals, while Kanak Jha/Wang Manyu were stopped by Indian duo 3-2.
"We are getting better and better through every match. Also, the progress cannot be made without tremendous support from all the fans, friends and our coaches," said Lin.
"We have really good chemistry and because we're always helping each other, constantly supporting each other," echoed Zhang.
Jha/Wang won the first two games against SathiyanGnanasekaran/ManikaBatra, but only leaving the door open to their Indian opponents for a great comeback.
"The opponents implemented a unique style, which is a challenge for us as newly-paired. But overall, I think Kanak performed much better than I had anticipated," Wang said.
"For me, personally, I can learn from all three matches we play together. It was great to play with Wang Manyu and learn a lot from her and also the coach," said Jha.
The two joint pairs, who carry on the spirit of Ping-Pong Diplomacy initiated between the two nations half a century ago, were confirmed to enter the draw by the sport's world governing body ITTF on Sunday and had just trained together once on the eve of the Worlds' opening.