TOKYO – Japanese Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito hugged and cried as they clung to victory against Germany on Sunday, while the powerful Chinese pair of Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen said they will take a nap after winning the doubles quarterfinals. mixed on Sunday.
Mizutani, 32, and Ito, 20, got off to a good start in the first game with an 11-8 victory, but German rowers Patrick Franziska and Petrissa Solja fought back against the Japanese duo to tie the match at 3-3. .
With a pat on the back from his partner at the last point of the decisive seventh game, Ito confidently secured victory for the pair with a serve his opponent was unable to return.
The Japanese couple, who are from the same hometown and have known each other since childhood, said they have supported each other during matches.
“Mizutani has been like an older brother to me since we were young, and someone I respect and admire. I am very happy to be able to compete in mixed doubles with him, ”Ito told reporters.
“We want to compete more and more to show everyone what a real victory looks like.”
World No. 2 Xu and reigning World Champion Liu worked their way to a convincing win against Romanian opponents Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs in a 4-0 clean sweep.
The Chinese duo will face French paddlers Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jia Nan, who both secured their ticket to the semifinals in a heated battle against Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem.
“I will take a nap and analyze videos of our opponents’ plays to prepare for the afternoon game,” Xu said, and Liu said that she will do the same.
Mixed doubles made their Olympic debut this year at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, with 16 couples competing for the first Olympic gold in best-of-seven matches.
On the other hand, Lin Yun Ju from Taiwan and Cheng I Ching won 4-2 against Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee from South Korea.
The mixed doubles victors are set to return to the table once more for the semifinals later in the day.
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