Table tennis: Mixed day for Singapore paddlers

S'pore's Feng Tianwei is through to the next round after an easy victory (Getty)S'pore's Feng Tianwei is through to the next round after an easy victory (Getty)

Singapore's top paddlers Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu began their Olympic women's table tennis singles campaign on a winning note on Sunday night.

Playing at London's ExCel Arena, Feng, the sixth seed, disposed of Taiwan's Chen Szu Yu 4-1 in the third round, while Wang beat France's Xian Yifang 4-0.

Feng will next play Germany's Wu Jiaduo in the round of 16 on Monday, while Wang will meet Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus.

Speaking to the media after the game, Feng said she still needed to get accustomed to the arena's lighting and new television-friendly blue flooring.

'We haven't trained too much in the competition arena, so I'm still adapting to the blue floor, because we usually train on red flooring,' she added.

But there was bad news for the Republic in the men's singles, where Singapore's Yang Zi was dumped out in Round 2 by his lower-ranked opponent.

Cheered on by the vociferous home crowd, Britain's Paul Drinkhall, the world No 107 scored a stunning 4-1 upset victory over the 54th-ranked Singaporean.

The result means Gao Ning is the only male Singaporean paddler left in the competition. He plays Slovenia's Bojan Tokic in Round 3.