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Singles, Women

Date14 – 22 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Galatsiou, Galatsi
Participants64 from 36 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. Top 16 seeds advanced to round three. Seeds 17-32 advanced to round two.

The favorite was the defending champion Wang Nan, who had also been World Champion in 1999, 2001, and 2003. At all three tounaments, she had defeated her teammate, Zhang Yining. But Wang was done in by the migration of her former teammates to other nations. In the quarter-finals she was defeated by Singapore’s Li Jia Wei, a former Chinese national team member, who gained revenge for her loss to Wang in the 2000 quarter-finals. Zhang had no such difficulties. In five matches she won 20 games and lost only two. Her opponent in the final was North Korean Kim Hyang-Mi, though opponent is used only loosely here. Kim was the sensation of the tournament as she had been ranked only 40th in the world prior to the Olympics, but in the final Zhang won four games in 26 minutes, 11-8, 11-7, 11-2, 11-2, the most lopsided final win in Olympic table tennis history. Wang and Zhang competed in doubles in Athina, and also won that gold medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Zhang YiningCHNGold
2Kim Hyang-MiPRKSilver
3Kim Gyeong-AKORBronze
4Li Jia WeiSGP
=5Tamara BorošCRO
=5Tie Ya NaHKG
=5Zhang XuelingSGP
=5Wang NanCHN
=9Lau Sui FeiHKG
=9Viktoryia PaulovichBLR
=9Kim Hyon-HuiPRK
=9Ai FukuharaJPN
=9Niu JianfengCHN
=9Ai FujinumaJPN
=9Aya UmemuraJPN
=9Adriana ZamfirROU
=17Chunli LiNZL
=17Svetlana GaninaRUS
=17Nanthana KomwongTHA
=17Marina KravchenkoISR
=17Krisztina TóthHUN
=17Jing Jun HongSGP
=17Jun GaoUSA
=17Wenling Tan MonfardiniITA
=17Elke WosikGER
=17Mihaela ȘteffROU
=17Lee Eun-SilKOR
=17Liu JiaAUT
=17Petra CadaCAN
=17Jie SchöppGER
=17Lin LingHKG
=17Kim Yun-MiPRK
=33Tawny BanhUSA
=33Laura NegrisoliITA
=33Nicole StruseGER
=33Otilia BădescuROU
=33Funke OshonaikeNGR
=33Silvija ErdeljiSCG
=33Miao MiaoAUS
=33Huang Yi-HuaTPE
=33Jian-Fang LayAUS
=33Mária FazekasHUN
=33Jasna ReedUSA
=33Nieves WuDOM
=33Csilla BátorfiHUN
=33Nikoleta StefanovaITA
=33Zeina ShabanJOR
=33Cecilia OtuNGR
=49Yun Ji-HyeKOR
=49Fabiola RamosVEN
=49Mouma DasIND
=49Arkhontoula VolakakiGRE
=49Berta RodríguezCHI
=49Nesrine Ben KahiaTUN
=49Marisol EspineiraPER
=49Leila BoucettaALG
=49Cornelia Vajda-MolnarCRO
=49Manzura InoyatovaUZB
=49Renáta ŠtrbíkováCZE
=49Oksana Kushch-FadeyevaRUS
=49Olfa GuenniTUN
=49Asma MenaifiALG
=49Iizzwa MedinaHON
=49Lígia da SilvaBRA

Round One (14 August 2004)

Winners advanced to round two.

Match #1 Tawny BanhUSA 4 – 3
8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 16-14, 3-11, 11-8, 11-6
Yun Ji-HyeKOR
Match #2 Laura NegrisoliITA 4 – 1
11-9, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3
Fabiola RamosVEN
Match #3 Nanthana KomwongTHA 4 – 0
11-6, 11-7, 11-3, 12-10
Mouma DasIND
Match #4 Marina KravchenkoISR 4 – 0
11-6, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
Arkhontoula VolakakiGRE
Match #5 Funke OshonaikeNGR 4 – 0
11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
Berta RodríguezCHI
Match #6 Silvija ErdeljiSCG 4 – 0
11-3, 11-1, 11-3, 11-7
Nesrine Ben KahiaTUN
Match #7 Miao MiaoAUS 4 – 2
8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6
Marisol EspineiraPER
Match #8 Huang Yi-HuaTPE 4 – 0
11-8, 11-3, 11-4, 11-8
Leila BoucettaALG
Match #9 Jian-Fang LayAUS 4 – 0
12-10, 11-5, 11-6, 13-11
Cornelia Vajda-MolnarCRO
Match #10 Mária FazekasHUN 4 – 0
11-6, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7
Manzura InoyatovaUZB
Match #11 Jasna ReedUSA 4 – 2
9-11, 6-11, 15-13, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9
Renáta ŠtrbíkováCZE
Match #12 Nieves WuDOM 4 – 1
9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
Oksana Kushch-FadeyevaRUS
Match #13 Petra CadaCAN 4 – 0
11-4, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7
Olfa GuenniTUN
Match #14 Nikoleta StefanovaITA 4 – 0
11-6, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6
Asma MenaifiALG
Match #15 1 2Zeina ShabanJOR 34 – 3
11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9
Iizzwa MedinaHON
Match #16 Cecilia OtuNGR 4 – 1
11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8
Lígia da SilvaBRA

Round Two (15 August 2004)

Winners advanced to round three.

Match #1 Chunli LiNZL 4 – 1
11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9
Tawny BanhUSA
Match #2 Svetlana GaninaRUS 4 – 2
11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-9
Laura NegrisoliITA
Match #3 Nanthana KomwongTHA 4 – 1
11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11
Nicole StruseGER
Match #4 Marina KravchenkoISR 4 – 2
11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6
Otilia BădescuROU
Match #5 Krisztina TóthHUN 4 – 2
10-12, 12-10, 14-16, 11-6, 15-13, 11-5
Funke OshonaikeNGR
Match #6 Jing Jun HongSGP 4 – 2
11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4, 4-11, 11-6
Silvija ErdeljiSCG
Match #7 Ai FukuharaJPN 4 – 3
5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9
Miao MiaoAUS
Match #8 Wenling Tan MonfardiniITA 4 – 2
11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11, 11-7
Huang Yi-HuaTPE
Match #9 Elke WosikGER 4 – 2
3-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 12-10
Jian-Fang LayAUS
Match #10 Kim Hyang-MiPRK 4 – 1
11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8
Mária FazekasHUN
Match #11 Zhang XuelingSGP 4 – 1
11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5
Jasna ReedUSA
Match #12 Ai FujinumaJPN 4 – 0
13-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-5
Nieves WuDOM
Match #13 Petra CadaCAN 4 – 3
11-7, 9-11, 16-18, 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10
Csilla BátorfiHUN
Match #14 Jie SchöppGER 4 – 1
11-5, 11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7
Nikoleta StefanovaITA
Match #15 Adriana ZamfirROU 4 – 1
8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4
Zeina ShabanJOR
Match #16 Kim Yun-MiPRK 4 – 0
11-5, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
Cecilia OtuNGR

Round Three (17 August 2004)

Winners advanced to round four.

Match #1 Zhang YiningCHN 4 – 0
11-8, 12-10, 11-5, 11-7
Chunli LiNZL
Match #2 Lau Sui FeiHKG 4 – 1
11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6
Svetlana GaninaRUS
Match #3 Viktoryia PaulovichBLR 4 – 2
11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-1
Nanthana KomwongTHA
Match #4 Tamara BorošCRO 4 – 0
11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
Marina KravchenkoISR
Match #5 Tie Ya NaHKG 4 – 1
11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 14-12, 11-6
Krisztina TóthHUN
Match #6 Kim Hyon-HuiPRK 4 – 2
7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9
Jing Jun HongSGP
Match #7 Ai FukuharaJPN 4 – 0
11-3, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
Jun GaoUSA
Match #8 Kim Gyeong-AKOR 4 – 1
9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9
Wenling Tan MonfardiniITA
Match #9 Niu JianfengCHN 4 – 3
12-14, 12-14, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-2, 11-6
Elke WosikGER
Match #10 Kim Hyang-MiPRK 4 – 2
7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9
Mihaela ȘteffROU
Match #11 Zhang XuelingSGP 4 – 1
11-5, 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6
Lee Eun-SilKOR
Match #12 Ai FujinumaJPN 4 – 3
7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7
Liu JiaAUT
Match #13 Li Jia WeiSGP 4 – 0
11-4, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8
Petra CadaCAN
Match #14 Aya UmemuraJPN 4 – 2
15-13, 9-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 11-3
Jie SchöppGER
Match #15 Adriana ZamfirROU 4 – 2
11-6, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10
Lin LingHKG
Match #16 Wang NanCHN 4 – 2
11-6, 13-15, 8-11, 11-2, 11-5, 11-9
Kim Yun-MiPRK

Round Four (18 August 2004)

Winners advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Zhang YiningCHN 4 – 1
11-5, 11-7, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5
Lau Sui FeiHKG
Match #2 Tamara BorošCRO 4 – 2
11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7
Viktoryia PaulovichBLR
Match #3 Tie Ya NaHKG 4 – 1
11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8
Kim Hyon-HuiPRK
Match #4 Kim Gyeong-AKOR 4 – 1
11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 15-13, 11-6
Ai FukuharaJPN
Match #5 Kim Hyang-MiPRK 4 – 0
11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4
Niu JianfengCHN
Match #6 Zhang XuelingSGP 4 – 2
11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9
Ai FujinumaJPN
Match #7 Li Jia WeiSGP 4 – 2
14-12, 13-11, 8-11, 15-13, 9-11, 11-7
Aya UmemuraJPN
Match #8 Wang NanCHN 4 – 1
9-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-9, 11-4
Adriana ZamfirROU

Quarter-Finals (19 August 2004)

Winners advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Zhang YiningCHN 4 – 0
12-10, 15-13, 13-11, 11-3
Tamara BorošCRO
Match #2 Kim Gyeong-AKOR 4 – 1
11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
Tie Ya NaHKG
Match #3 Kim Hyang-MiPRK 4 – 2
11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10
Zhang XuelingSGP
Match #4 Li Jia WeiSGP 4 – 1
11-7, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8
Wang NanCHN

Semi-Finals (21 August 2004)

Winners advanced to the final match. Runners-up advanced to bronze medal match.

Match #1 Zhang YiningCHN 4 – 1
13-11, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8
Kim Gyeong-AKOR
Match #2 Kim Hyang-MiPRK 4 – 3
8-11, 11-6, 0-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
Li Jia WeiSGP

Final Round (22 August 2004)

Match 1/2 Zhang YiningCHN 4 – 0
11-8, 11-7, 11-2, 11-2
Kim Hyang-MiPRK
Match 3/4 Kim Gyeong-AKOR 4 – 1
9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8
Li Jia WeiSGP