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Singles, Women

Date28 July – 1 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London (North Arena 1)
Participants70 from 45 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

China had won the women’s table tennis singles event at the Olympics every year since its inception in 1988, most recently with Zhang Yining, who had earned gold in the singles and the doubles/team categories for the past two editions. Following her retirement, compatriot Ding Ning entered the tournament as the number one seed and the reigning World Champion in the singles and team events. Close behind at number two was Li Xiaoxia, also of China, who had numerous World Championship titles in team and doubles competitions. No other player came close to their dominance, and thus the Chinese were expected to take the top two podium spots and, as Li had a losing record against Ding, Ding came to London as the favorite to win the gold. With China having captured all three medals in the men’s and women’s event at the last Olympics, the International Table Tennis Federation instituted a two entrant per country rule at the tournament, leaving Kim Gyeong-A of South Korea as the number three seed. This would be Kim’s third Olympics: she won bronze in the singles event in 2004 and again in the team event in 2008. The restriction on national entries was not unprecedented, as it had been undertaken in swimming during the 1970s, due to American and East German dominance.

Throughout the tournament Ding seemed to be the stronger player, surrendering only one set out of thirteen through the quarterfinals. Li stumbled at times, but still easily survived to the semi-finals, where she defeated fourth-ranked Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan in five sets. Ding had slightly more trouble overcoming her opponent, Feng Tian Wei of Singapore, but eventually emerged victorious and paved the way for an all-China final. Li displayed an iron determination to defeat her teammate, winning the first two sets 11-8 and 14-12. She then seemed to wear down in the third set, losing 8-11, but picked up again in the fourth with an 11-6 victory. By the fifth set, Li’s momentum was unstoppable and she launched an aggressive barrage against which Ding had no answer. Li won this final set by the widest margin yet, 11-4, and stole the Olympic crown from the favorite. Meanwhile the Chinese-born Feng defeated her Japanese opponent to win the bronze medal, leading China to sweep the podium, at least in spirit, once more.

PosPlayerNOC
1Li XiaoxiaCHNGold
2Ding NingCHNSilver
3Feng Tian WeiSGPBronze
4Kasumi IshikawaJPN
=5Ai FukuharaJPN
=5Kim Gyeong-AKOR
=5Wang Jue GuSGP
=5Jiao LiNED
=9Jiang HuajunHKG
=9Jie LiNED
=9Jiaduo WuGER
=9Yanfei ShenESP
=9Qian LiPOL
=9Viktoryia PaulovichBLR
=9Elizabeta SamaraROU
=9Park Mi-YeongKOR
=17Daniela DodeanROU
=17Kim JongPRK
=17Natalia PartykaPOL
=17Anna TikhomirovaRUS
=17Chen Szu-YuTPE
=17Iveta VacenovskáCZE
=17Xue LiFRA
=17Jia LiuAUT
=17Qiangbing LiAUT
=17Huang Yi-HuaTPE
=17Kristin SilbereisenGER
=17Yi Fang XianFRA
=17Tie Ya NaHKG
=17Marharyta PesotskaUKR
=17Georgina PótaHUN
=17Ariel HsingUSA
=33Tetiana BilenkoUKR
=33Cornelia Vaida-MolnarCRO
=33Mie SkovDEN
=33Wenling Tan MonfardiniITA
=33Krisztina TóthHUN
=33Nanthana KomwongTHA
=33Jian-Fang LayAUS
=33Aliaksandra PrivalovaBLR
=33Mo ZhangCAN
=33Miao MiaoAUS
=33Joanna ParkerGBR
=33Ri Myong-SunPRK
=33Dina MeshrefEGY
=33Sara RamírezESP
=33Yuan TianCRO
=33Xia Lian NiLUX
=49Paula MedinaCOL
=49Lily ZhangUSA
=49Nadeen El-DawlatlyEGY
=49Funke OshonaikeNGR
=49Fabiola RamosVEN
=49Lei MendesPOR
=49Lígia da SilvaBRA
=49Xing HanCGO
=49Melek HuTUR
=49Dana HadačováCZE
=49Caroline KumaharaBRA
=49Sarah HanffouCMR
=49Yana NoskovaRUS
=49Ankita DasIND
=49Berta RodríguezCHI
=49Yadira SilvaMEX
=65Neda ShahsavariIRI
=65Anolyn LuluVAN
=65Aia MagdiQAT
=65Yasmin Farah HassanDJI
=65Tvin MoumjoghlianLBN
=65Offiong EdemNGR

Preliminary Round (28 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round one.

Match #1 Funke OshonaikeNGR 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-3Neda ShahsavariIRI
Match #2 Lígia da SilvaBRA 11-5, 11-9, 11-2, 11-3Anolyn LuluVAN
Match #3 Mo ZhangCAN 11-3, 11-7, 11-6, 11-3Aia MagdiQAT
Match #4 Caroline KumaharaBRA 11-0, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4Yasmin Farah HassanDJI
Match #5 Sarah HanffouCMR 11-6, 11-4, 11-6, 11-2Tvin MoumjoghlianLBN
Match #6 Dina MeshrefEGY 11-5, 2-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3Offiong EdemNGR

Round One (28 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Tetiana BilenkoUKR 11-4, 11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7Paula MedinaCOL
Match #2 Cornelia Vaida-MolnarCRO 11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5Lily ZhangUSA
Match #3 Mie SkovDEN 11-9, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9Nadeen El-DawlatlyEGY
Match #4 Wenling Tan MonfardiniITA 11-7, 11-5, 12-10, 11-1Funke OshonaikeNGR
Match #5 Krisztina TóthHUN 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10Fabiola RamosVEN
Match #6 Nanthana KomwongTHA 4-11, 3-11, 11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-2, 12-10Lei MendesPOR
Match #7 Jian-Fang LayAUS 8-11, 11-1, 11-5, 11-6, 11-1Lígia da SilvaBRA
Match #8 Aliaksandra PrivalovaBLR 11-2, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9Xing HanCGO
Match #9 Mo ZhangCAN 8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 16-14Melek HuTUR
Match #10 Miao MiaoAUS 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7Dana HadačováCZE
Match #11 Joanna ParkerGBR 11-7, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5Caroline KumaharaBRA
Match #12 Yi Fang XianFRA 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6Sarah HanffouCMR
Match #13 Dina MeshrefEGY 12-10, 8-11, 4-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-9Yana NoskovaRUS
Match #14 Sara RamírezESP 11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2Ankita DasIND
Match #15 Yuan TianCRO 11-6, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7Berta RodríguezCHI
Match #16 Ariel HsingUSA 11-9, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5Yadira SilvaMEX

Round Two (28 – 29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Match #1 Daniela DodeanROU 7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2Tetiana BilenkoUKR
Match #2 Kim JongPRK 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-8Cornelia Vaida-MolnarCRO
Match #3 Natalia PartykaPOL 5-11, 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9Mie SkovDEN
Match #4 Anna TikhomirovaRUS 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-14, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10Wenling Tan MonfardiniITA
Match #5 Chen Szu-YuTPE 10-12, 7-11, 7-11, 15-13, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11Krisztina TóthHUN
Match #6 Iveta VacenovskáCZE 14-16, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3Nanthana KomwongTHA
Match #7 Xue LiFRA 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6Jian-Fang LayAUS
Match #8 Jia LiuAUT 5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-4Aliaksandra PrivalovaBLR
Match #9 Qiangbing LiAUT 11-9, 9-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9Mo ZhangCAN
Match #10 Huang Yi-HuaTPE 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4Miao MiaoAUS
Match #11 Kristin SilbereisenGER 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-2, 11-4Joanna ParkerGBR
Match #12 Yi Fang XianFRA 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6Ri Myong-SunPRK
Match #13 Elizabeta SamaraROU 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8Dina MeshrefEGY
Match #14 Marharyta PesotskaUKR 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11, 11-6Sara RamírezESP
Match #15 Georgina PótaHUN 11-13, 11-4, 11-2, 12-10, 11-2Yuan TianCRO
Match #16 Ariel HsingUSA 11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10Xia Lian NiLUX

Round Three (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round four.

Match #1 Ding NingCHN 111-4, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6Daniela DodeanROU
Match #2 Jiang HuajunHKG 1111-5, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7Kim JongPRK
Match #3 Jie LiNED 1411-13, 6-11, 16-14, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7Natalia PartykaPOL
Match #4 Ai FukuharaJPN 511-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3Anna TikhomirovaRUS
Match #5 Feng Tian WeiSGP 611-6, 11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9Chen Szu-YuTPE
Match #6 Jiaduo WuGER 911-9, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5Iveta VacenovskáCZE
Match #7 Yanfei ShenESP 1011-5, 11-2, 11-8, 11-3Xue LiFRA
Match #8 Kim Gyeong-AKOR 311-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9Jia LiuAUT
Match #9 Kasumi IshikawaJPN 411-13, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5Qiangbing LiAUT
Match #10 Qian LiPOL 1511-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3Huang Yi-HuaTPE
Match #11 Viktoryia PaulovichBLR 1312-10, 13-11, 9-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-7Kristin SilbereisenGER
Match #12 Wang Jue GuSGP 811-9, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4Yi Fang XianFRA
Match #13 Elizabeta SamaraROU 11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8Tie Ya NaHKG 7
Match #14 Jiao LiNED 1211-3, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4Marharyta PesotskaUKR
Match #15 Park Mi-YeongKOR 163-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9Georgina PótaHUN
Match #16 Li XiaoxiaCHN 211-4, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9Ariel HsingUSA

Round Four (30 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 Ding NingCHN 112-10, 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6Jiang HuajunHKG 11
Match #2 Ai FukuharaJPN 511-4, 8-11, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8Jie LiNED 14
Match #3 Feng Tian WeiSGP 611-6, 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6Jiaduo WuGER 9
Match #4 Kim Gyeong-AKOR 311-8, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7Yanfei ShenESP 10
Match #5 Kasumi IshikawaJPN 411-9, 11-5, 10-12, 14-12, 11-6Qian LiPOL 15
Match #6 Wang Jue GuSGP 811-8, 7-11, 4-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8Viktoryia PaulovichBLR 13
Match #7 Jiao LiNED 1211-5, 8-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7Elizabeta SamaraROU
Match #8 Li XiaoxiaCHN 26-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6Park Mi-YeongKOR 16

Quarter-finals (31 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 Ding NingCHN 115-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4Ai FukuharaJPN 5
Match #2 Feng Tian WeiSGP 613-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 10-12, 12-10Kim Gyeong-AKOR 3
Match #3 Kasumi IshikawaJPN 48-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8, 11-4Wang Jue GuSGP 8
Match #4 Li XiaoxiaCHN 211-5, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7Jiao LiNED 12

Semi-finals (31 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final.

Match #1 Ding NingCHN 111-7, 11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-6Feng Tian WeiSGP 6
Match #2 Li XiaoxiaCHN 211-5, 11-4, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7Kasumi IshikawaJPN 4

Final Round (1 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Li XiaoxiaCHN 211-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4Ding NingCHN 1
Match 3/4 Feng Tian WeiSGP 611-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5Kasumi IshikawaJPN 4