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Day 1 Recap: Lily Zhang lone American to make second day | NBC Olympics

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Facebook Twitter Email TumblrLily Zhang won her second round match, but Jennifer Wu was defeated in day 1 action.

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With her second dominating performance of the day, Lily Zhang flexed her table tennis muscles and booked her spot in the second day of competition at the Riocentro. Zhang dispatched Portugal’s Shao Jieni in four games and will face the 12-seed Seo Hyo-Won of South Korea in the third round.

Zhang breezed through the first game of the evening, winning 11-4, before engineering a pair of comebacks to grab an early 3-0 lead. The American won six straight points to come from 5-9 down in game 2, and used a late rally in game 3 to overcome an early deficit. An explosive start to game 4 put the match out of reach before it had even started; the contest lasted just 26 minutes.

The other American, Jennifer Wu, found herself locked in a fierce fight with Swede Matilda Ekholm. The match was outrageously tight: the pair split the first two games, and game 3 was tied on seven different occasions before Ekholm won it on a 3-0 run.

Wu answered back by winning seven straight points in the middle of game 4 to pull the contest level again. But Ekholm opened game 5 with a 6-0 burst of her own, and won the game 11-6. Ekholm outlasted Wu 12-10 in the sixth to win the match.

The 26-year-old Wu will be back in action Friday as Team USA take on three-seed Germany….

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