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Top Japanese Duo Shocking 1st Round Defeat at World Table Tennis Championships
The Japanese pair of World no. 10 Jun MIZUTANI and Olympic silver medalist Ai FUKUHARA have been sensationally knocked out in the first round of the LIEBHERR 2013 World Table Tennis Championships in Paris, France.
FUKUHARA, who has become an icon in Japan after she spearheaded Japan to the silver medal at London 2012, was simply outplayed by South Korean qualifier PARK Seong Hye in a morale destroying 4-2 defeat.
"My understanding of my opponent was not that good. I have never played against her in international competition yet so my preparation was not that complete," an absolutely devastated Ai FUKUHARA said after the match.
Apart from the Japanese pair, the rest of the tournament's top seeds managed to get safely through to the 2nd round.
Defending champions DING Ning and ZHANG Jike looked in fantastic form as they easily dispatched their opponents to keep their title defence alive. Visit ITTF.com to review the full results from day 3 of the 52nd World Table Tennis Championships and to check out the playing schedule for day 4.
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