Zhang reaches the third round of Olympic table tennis


Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang went 33 grueling minutes with Korea's Hyoowon Suh, in her third match of table tennis competition at the Olympics, before ending the journey of her second Olympic experience.

Zhang, who entered the game ranked No. 101 in the world, proved competitive at the highest level, showing herself worthy by rallying from a large deficit in the first game and taking the third game.

In the end, the eighth-seeded and 18th-ranked Suh moves onto the Round of 16 with her 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6 victory over Zhang.

After losing in the first round in London four years ago, she returned ready to reach for the stars.

"I feel alright," Zhang told USA Table Tennis. "I'm obviously disappointed in the results but I'm happy that I gave it my all and left everything out there. I tried my best."

Suh opened the match winning eight of the first 10 points, though Zhang rallied with five unanswered points and cut the deficit to 9-10, before Suh finished it.

Neither player was able to sustain a rally, though Zhang never took the lead.

Zhang controlled play in the third game, opening a 10-6 advantage before putting the finishing touches on an 11-7 win.

Next for Team USA are the men and women team events. The team tournament begins on Friday, Aug. 12.

Women's rugby

Team USA ended its run with a 19-5 victory over France to finish fifth as rugby competition made its first Olympic appearance in 92 years.

Stanford grad Victoria Folayan contributed her usual stellar defense to the cause in the first half and was replaced by Jessica Javelet, who scored five points for the Americans.

France held a 5-0 lead at the half. Alev Kelter gave the U.S. a 7-5 edge with a try and conversation 20 seconds into the second half.

Joanne Faavei and Javelet each added five points and Richelle Stephens had two.

Women's fencing

Palo Alto's Eileen Grench, competing for Panama, won her opening round bout, 15-5, over Japan's Chika Aoki before losing to American Mariel Zagunis, 15-4.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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