World number four Feng Tianwei of Singapore certainly brings the experience, and the 29-year-old has made it clear her ambition is to earn the gold medal at this year’s Games.
To do so, she will almost certainly need to beat China’s defending women’s singles champion Li Xiaoxia – something she hasn’t been able to pull off in four previous encounters.
But Feng retains the self-belief she can get the job done this time around.
“I’m slated to meet Li Xiaoxia in the semi-finals if everything goes to plan and, yes, I have the confidence to face her,” she said.
“We are all gradually hitting form and, for me, it is a matter of adjustments to tactics, as well as physical and mental aspects.
“As for the team, I believe in them. I want us to be united, focus on the process, do our best and have no regrets.
Feng already boasts three Olympic medals, making her Singapore’s most successful Olympic athlete.
And after overcoming shoulder and knee injuries in the lead-up to Rio, she has earned a second seeding for the tournament.
“Tianwei is the stronger bet in the women’s singles because she is the only member of the women’s team to have experience competing at the Olympics and she is mentally strong,” said national women’s table tennis coach Chen Zhibin.
“Being the second seed in the women’s singles is an advantage, but we also hope for the luck of the draw to avoid those whose style she finds difficult to play against, such as southpaws and choppers.