China continued to show its dominance in table tennis by winning gold in the women’s team event at the 2019 Asian Table Tennis Championships. By winning, the nation has also qualified to the Olympics. The Asian Table Tennis Championships is currently being held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from September 15th to September 22nd 2019.
The top six nations from 2017 automatically advanced to the quarter-finals. The other two spots were decided through a group stage then elimination. The six groups were won by India, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Uzbekistan. In the first round, India and Malaysia defeated Uzbekistan 3-0 and Iran 3-2 respectively. The second round saw Thailand defeat India 3-0 and Singapore win over Malaysia 3-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinals saw China and Japan pick up straight match wins over North Korea and Thailand respectively. Also advancing to the semi-finals were Singapore and Chinese Taipei who defeated South Korea 3-1 and Hong Kong 3-2 respectively. China and Japan continued their top performance by defeating Singapore and Chinese Taipei in straight matches to advance to the finals. China would go on to win their seventh straight Asian title by defeating Japan 3-0.
By qualifying a team China is also eligible to compete in the women’s singles events with two athletes. Other nations can still qualify a women’s team through the world qualification event to be held in January. The Asian Table Tennis Championships continues with medals for the men’s team event to be awarded tomorrow.