Japan’s Mima Ito is not intimidated by China’s formidable table tennis reputation in Olympics and the 15-year-old paddler will head to next month’s Rio Games
determined to make her mark.China won all four gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and repeating the feat four years later at London, while there is only one non-Chinese in the top five of women’s singles rankings. World number nine Ito said Japan were well equipped to counter the threats of their Asian neighbors. “The Chinese are consistent (at a higher level), but for me, they’re not the most difficult opponents to play against,” Ito told the Japan Times. “They are certainly great in putting spins on their shots and in power, but they play pretty much normally. So it’s actually better for me to be in an attacking mode and take the pace of the game (against the Chinese).