SINGAPORE – Nursing a chronic back injury and having missed a full year of international tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic, national paddler Yu Mengyu returned with a bang as she reeled off four straight 3-0 victories to make it to the last 16 of the US$200,000 (S$266,000) WTT Contender Doha. On Wednesday (March 3), the world No. 50 beat compatriot Zeng Jian 14-12, 11-9, 11-6 to set up a meeting with Japan’s world No. 11 Miu Hirano for a place in the quarter-finals. Yu showed good tenacity to save three game points against world No. 73 Zeng in the first frame and was the more consistent of the two. In the earlier qualifying rounds, the 31-year-old whitewashed German’s Chantal Mantz, Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz and Chinese Taipei’s Liu Hsing-Yin. Yu told The Straits Times: “Zeng Jian and I beat each other during national team training and we are very familiar with each other’s game. My back issue will always be there, but I have been receiving adequate treatment while playing in the Japanese T-League, as well as here in Doha. Playing in Japan has also helped me maintain my match fitness.” Representing Nissay Red Elf has also allowed the 31-year-old… Read full this story
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