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Singles, Women

Date24 – 29 July 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationTōkyō Taiikukan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants70 from 44 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

For the singles, each nation was allowed to register two athletes from the respective team competition. An additional 22 qualified through continental qualifying tournaments. There was also the possibility of qualifying in an international qualification tournament. Also, the best placed athlete in the ITTF world rankings who had not yet qualified received a quota place.

Like in Rio, the first rounds were limited to the lower ranked players. Higher ranked players were gradually introduced until the third round when the world’s 16 best ranked players joined the tournament. This scheme had already been applied in previous Olympics. All matches were played to the best-of seven, with the first to win four games taking the match.

In the women’s world ranking list, China was even more dominant than in the men’s event. Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha topped the list and, as expected, faced each other in the final. The country also took another five spots in the top ten in July 2021. Only the world’s third seed Mima Ito from Japan broke into the Chinese phalanx. It was not that easy for Chen, who lost games in both the fourth round and quarter-final. In the latter, she trailed 2-0 to Doo Hoi Kem, representing Hong Kong, but came back to win 4-2. Sun, on the other hand, did not lose a single game before the final, where she lost 4-2 to compatriot Chen.

The bronze medal for Ito also came as no surprise after she was defeated in the semi-final in a one-sided match by Sun Yingsha. The big surprise was her opponent in the bronze medal match, Yu Mengyu from Singapore. Only seeded 45th in the world ranking list and 26th in the tournament ranking list, she eliminated Cheng I-Ching from Chinese Taipei in straight games and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, who were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the tournament rankings.

PosCompetitorNOC
1Chen MengCHNGold
2Sun YingshaCHNSilver
3Mima ItoJPNBronze
4Yu MengyuSGP
=5Doo Hoi KemHKG
=5Ying HanGER
=5Kasumi IshikawaJPN
=5Jeon Ji-HuiKOR
=9Chen Szu-YuTPE
=9Britt EerlandNED
=9Feng TianweiSGP
=9Liu JiaAUT
=9Juan LiuUSA
=9Sofia PolcanovaAUT
=9Suthasini SawettabutTHA
=9Mo ZhangCAN
=17Manika BatraIND
=17Cheng I-ChingTPE
=17Adriana DíazPUR
=17Jian-Fang LayAUS
=17Dina MeshrefEGY
=17Rachel MoretSUI
=17Orawan ParanangTHA
=17Eliza SamaraROU
=17Sin Yu-BinKOR
=17Petrissa SoljaGER
=17Bernadette SzőcsROU
=17María XiaoESP
=17Xiaoxin YangMON
=17Fu YuPOR
=17Jia Nan YuanFRA
=17Lily ZhangUSA
=33Barbora BalážováSVK
=33Offiong EdemNGR
=33Qian LiPOL
=33Hana MatelováCZE
=33Polina MikhaylovaROC
=33Sutirtha MukherjeeIND
=33Xia Lian NiLUX
=33Yana NoskovaROC
=33Natalia PartykaPOL
=33Marharyta PesotskaUKR
=33Georgina PótaHUN
=33Jieni ShaoPOR
=33Minnie SooHKG
=33Bruna TakahashiBRA
=33Polina TrifonovaBUL
=33María Paulina VegaCHI
=49Batmunkh BolorerdeneMGL
=49Linda BergströmSWE
=49Michelle BromleyAUS
=49Sarah de NutteLUX
=49Melanie DíazPUR
=49Galia DvorakESP
=49Chelsea EdghillGUY
=49Hanna HaponovaUKR
=49Yousra HelmyEGY
=49Tin-Tin HoGBR
=49Stina KällbergSWE
=49Anastasiya LavrovaKAZ
=49Dóra MadarászHUN
=49Prithika PavadeFRA
=49Debora VivarelliITA
=49Jéssica YamadaBRA
=65Daniela FonsecaCUB
=65Fadwa GarciTUN
=65Sarah HanffouCMR
=65Funke OshonaikeNGR
=65Sally YeeFIJ
=65Hend ZazaSYR

Preliminary Round

Date24 July 2021 — 9:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round one.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #124 Jul 9:00Table 1Chelsea EdghillGUY11-5, 4-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8Sally YeeFIJ
Match #224 Jul 9:00Table 2Juan LiuUSA11-7, 11-3, 11-4, 11-13, 11-4Funke OshonaikeNGR
Match #324 Jul 9:00Table 3Batmunkh BolorerdeneMGL5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7Fadwa GarciTUN
Match #424 Jul 9:45Table 1Liu JiaAUT11-4, 11-9, 11-3, 11-5Hend ZazaSYR
Match #524 Jul 9:00Table 4Jian-Fang LayAUS11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12Daniela FonsecaCUB
Match #624 Jul 9:45Table 2Polina TrifonovaBUL8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10Sarah HanffouCMR

Round One

Date24 July 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #124 Jul 14:15Table 4Rachel MoretSUI11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 14-12Jéssica YamadaBRA
Match #224 Jul 14:15Table 1Yana NoskovaROC12-10, 6-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9Prithika PavadeFRA
Match #324 Jul 15:00Table 2Natalia PartykaPOL11-3, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7Michelle BromleyAUS
Match #424 Jul 20:15Table 2Sin Yu-BinKOR11-7, 11-8, 11-1, 12-10Chelsea EdghillGUY
Match #524 Jul 15:00Table 3Orawan ParanangTHA13-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7Melanie DíazPUR
Match #624 Jul 15:45Table 1Manika BatraIND11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9Tin-Tin HoGBR
Match #724 Jul 19:30Table 2Juan LiuUSA11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8Galia DvorakESP
Match #824 Jul 15:45Table 3Jieni ShaoPOR8-11, 9-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6Stina KällbergSWE
Match #924 Jul 16:30Table 3Sutirtha MukherjeeIND5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5Linda BergströmSWE
Match #1024 Jul 19:30Table 1María Paulina VegaCHI11-8, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7Batmunkh BolorerdeneMGL
Match #1124 Jul 21:45Table 3Liu JiaAUT11-4, 6-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-5Hanna HaponovaUKR
Match #1224 Jul 16:30Table 2Jia Nan YuanFRA11-3, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6Yousra HelmyEGY
Match #1324 Jul 21:00Table 4María XiaoESP11-9, 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-3Anastasiya LavrovaKAZ
Match #1424 Jul 21:00Table 2Jian-Fang LayAUS11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-2Debora VivarelliITA
Match #1524 Jul 20:15Table 3Offiong EdemNGR11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4Dóra MadarászHUN
Match #1624 Jul 21:45Table 2Polina TrifonovaBUL6-11, 11-6, 4-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8Sarah de NutteLUX

Round Two

Date25 – 26 July 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #125 Jul 14:00Table 2Rachel Moret (18)SUI11-9, 14-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9Georgina PótaHUN
Match #225 Jul 14:45Table 4Mo Zhang (23)CAN7-11, 9-11, 14-12, 12-10, 11-6, 3-11, 11-8Yana NoskovaROC
Match #325 Jul 14:00Table 3Dina Meshref (30)EGY15-13, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 13-11Natalia PartykaPOL
Match #425 Jul 15:30Table 3Sin Yu-BinKOR2-11, 19-17, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5Xia Lian Ni (17)LUX
Match #525 Jul 16:15Table 4Orawan Paranang (29)THA9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8Hana MatelováCZE
Match #625 Jul 15:30Table 4Manika BatraIND4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7Marharyta Pesotska (32)UKR
Match #726 Jul 10:00Table 3Juan Liu (23)USA11-9, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7Barbora BalážováSVK
Match #825 Jul 14:45Table 1Yu Mengyu (27)SGP11-3, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9Jieni ShaoPOR
Match #926 Jul 12:00Table 4Fu Yu (25)POR11-3, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5Sutirtha MukherjeeIND
Match #1025 Jul 17:00Table 1Suthasini Sawettabut (26)THA11-5, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3María Paulina VegaCHI
Match #1126 Jul 12:00Table 3Liu JiaAUT8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5Polina Mikhaylova (31)ROC
Match #1225 Jul 17:00Table 2Jia Nan YuanFRA11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8Bruna Takahashi (22)BRA
Match #1325 Jul 16:15Table 1María XiaoESP7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9Minnie Soo (19)HKG
Match #1426 Jul 10:00Table 2Jian-Fang Lay (21)AUS11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4Qian LiPOL
Match #1526 Jul 11:00Table 1Lily Zhang (20)USA13-15, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 11-6Offiong EdemNGR
Match #1626 Jul 11:00Table 4Xiaoxin YangMON11-3, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-0Polina Trifonova (28)BUL

Round Three

Date26 – 27 July 2021
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round four.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #126 Jul 14:30Table 2Chen Meng (1)CHN11-3, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7Rachel Moret (18)SUI
Match #226 Jul 14:30Table 3Mo Zhang (13)CAN11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 8-11, 11-3Petrissa Solja (23)GER
Match #327 Jul 10:00Table 3Britt Eerland (30)NED9-11, 3-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7Dina Meshref (11)EGY
Match #427 Jul 11:00Table 2Doo Hoi Kem (5)HKG12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6Sin Yu-BinKOR
Match #526 Jul 15:30Table 2Kasumi Ishikawa (8)JPN11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8Orawan Paranang (29)THA
Match #626 Jul 16:30Table 1Sofia Polcanova (9)AUT11-8, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7Manika BatraIND
Match #727 Jul 10:00Table 4Juan Liu (23)USA11-4, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3Bernadette Szőcs (14)ROU
Match #827 Jul 11:00Table 1Yu Mengyu (27)SGP11-5, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6Cheng I-Ching (4)TPE
Match #927 Jul 12:00Table 3Mima Ito (3)JPN11-9, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5Fu Yu (25)POR
Match #1026 Jul 16:30Table 4Suthasini Sawettabut (15)THA11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-2Eliza Samara (26)ROU
Match #1127 Jul 14:30Table 4Liu Jia (12)AUT11-9, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9Adriana DíazPUR
Match #1227 Jul 14:30Table 3Jeon Ji-Hui (7)KOR12-10, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4Jia Nan YuanFRA
Match #1326 Jul 16:30Table 2Feng Tianwei (6)SGP8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-2, 11-4María XiaoESP
Match #1427 Jul 15:30Table 4Ying Han (21)GER11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8Jian-Fang Lay (10)AUS
Match #1527 Jul 12:00Table 2Chen Szu-Yu (16)TPE11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10Lily Zhang (20)USA
Match #1627 Jul 15:30Table 1Sun Yingsha (2)CHN11-6, 11-5, 11-5, 11-3Xiaoxin YangMON

Round Four

Date27 July 2021 — 16:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #127 Jul 16:30Table 2Chen Meng (1)CHN11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5Mo Zhang (13)CAN
Match #227 Jul 19:30Table 3Doo Hoi Kem (5)HKG11-13, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8Britt Eerland (30)NED
Match #327 Jul 16:30Table 3Kasumi Ishikawa (9)JPN11-8, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9Sofia Polcanova (8)AUT
Match #427 Jul 19:30Table 4Yu Mengyu (27)SGP11-9, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8Juan Liu (23)USA
Match #527 Jul 20:30Table 2Mima Ito (3)JPN11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7Suthasini Sawettabut (15)THA
Match #627 Jul 20:30Table 3Jeon Ji-Hui (7)KOR11-1, 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4Liu Jia (12)AUT
Match #727 Jul 21:30Table 3Ying Han (6)GER13-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8Feng Tianwei (21)SGP
Match #827 Jul 21:30Table 4Sun Yingsha (2)CHN11-6, 14-12, 11-3, 12-10Chen Szu-Yu (16)TPE

Quarter-Finals

Date28 July 2021 — 10:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #128 Jul 12:00Table 1Chen Meng (1)CHN6-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-1, 11-8Doo Hoi Kem (5)HKG
Match #228 Jul 10:00Table 1Yu Mengyu (27)SGP8-11, 11-5, 14-12, 11-6, 11-2Kasumi Ishikawa (9)JPN
Match #328 Jul 15:00Table 1Mima Ito (3)JPN11-5, 11-1, 12-10, 11-6Jeon Ji-Hui (7)KOR
Match #428 Jul 17:00Table 1Sun Yingsha (6)CHN11-8, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6Ying Han (2)GER

Semi-Finals

Date29 July 2021 — 11:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match #129 Jul 11:00Table 1Chen Meng (1)CHN11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6Yu Mengyu (27)SGP
Match #229 Jul 12:00Table 1Sun Yingsha (3)CHN11-3, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4Mima Ito (6)JPN

Final Round

Date29 July 2021 — 20:00
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Match 1/229 Jul 21:00Table 1Chen Meng (1)CHN9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9Sun Yingsha (3)CHN
Match 3/429 Jul 20:00Table 1Mima Ito (27)JPN6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6Yu Mengyu (6)SGP