Singapore table tennis player Yu Mengyu was on a roll at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She may have missed out on the bronze medal after losing 4-1 to Japan’s Mima Ito (currently world No. 3), but her gritty display at the Olympics has earned her plaudits.
Yu (world No. 47 at time of play) was the only player among the semi-finalists not ranked among the world’s top four. She stunned us several times by beating world No. 8 Cheng I Ching, and later, world No. 9 Ichikawa Kasumi, before heading to the semi-finals where she faced world No. 1 Chen Meng of China, followed by world No. 3 Mima Ito of Japan.
Eventually, the gold went to world No. 1 Chen Meng of China, the silver to her compatriot, world No. 2 Sun Yingsha.
Despite losing the bronze medal to Mima Ito, Yu Mengyu has won the hearts of many viewers with her exceptional resilience and determination, managing to keep her laser focus throughout the matches, no matter how gruelling.
Here are some facts about Yu.