Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei could face teammate Yu Mengyu in the last 16 of the women's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships, which starts today in Suzhou, China.
Should world No. 4 Feng (above) pass that test, she will then face Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan in the quarter-finals.
Feng, 28, had defeated fifth-ranked Ishikawa at the 2012 Olympic Games in London to clinch the women's singles bronze medal.
She holds a 9-4 winning record over her Japanese rival, but Ishikawa won their most recent encounter at last year's Incheon Asian Games.
Rounding up the top half of the main draw are China's top seed and world No. 1 Ding Ning, and sixth seed Wu Yang.
The Republic's third women's singles player, Isabelle Li, is in the bottom half of the draw, which is anchored by Chinese second seed Liu Shiwen.
Li will open against a qualifier and, should she win, she will set up a likely second-round clash against Japan's world No. 15 Mima Ito, who is ranked 95 places higher than the Singaporean.
World No. 2 Liu and No. 6 Zhu Yuling, whom Feng had upset en route to winning her first Asian Cup singles title last month, have been drawn in the same bracket.
In the men's singles draw, Singapore's top player Gao Ning will face Gustavo Tsuboi of Brazil if both win their first-round matches.
The World Table Tennis Championships concludes next Sunday.
This article was first published on April 26, 2015.
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