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NI HAO, KONICHIWA
There's a sure sign the world's best players are about to take the floor at the table tennis venue: Mandarin and Japanese translators are arriving. Let's hope someone shows up to help with Korean.
The world's two top-ranked women Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia of China play Sunday night. No. 3 Kim Kyun-gah of South Korean and No. 4 Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan also play. The top 12 women in the tournament are all from Asia. No. 13 is Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus. Nos. 14 and 15 are China-born players who represent the Netherlands and Poland.
Even Singapore uses two players born in China Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu.
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