Day 9 Preview: men’s team quarters, first women’s semi

Team table tennis action from the Riocentro continues with a quintet of mouth-watering fixtures all Sunday long as the men enter the quarterfinals, with the first women’s semifinal as an enticing nightcap.

In the morning session, China takes on Great Britain as heavy favorites to advance to the semifinals. The Chinese were 3-0 winners over Nigeria in the opening round, dropping only one set. Great Britain, meanwhile, endured a three-hour long slugfest with rivals France in which every match went five games.

In the second morning quarterfinal, South Korea takes on Sweden in a match where both teams find themselves in fine form. South Korea comes off the back of a sweep of hosts Brazil were they only dropped a single set. Sweden did them one better, throwing a shutout against the United States, winning every match at love.

The afternoon kicks off at 2:00 PM ET with a heavyweight clash between Japan and Hong Kong.  The latter enters having brushed Australia aside in under an hour Saturday evening; the former having had to survive a late stumble to get past Poland.

The final men’s round of eight match is set to be an all-European affair, with Germany squaring up against Austria. The Germans were 3-1 winners Saturday evening against Chinese Taipei, while Austria knocked off Portugal by the same score line.

And in the main event, the first women’s semifinal gets underway at 6:30 PM ET between Germany and the reigning silver medalists, Japan. Germany swept the United States in the first round before getting past Hong Kong 3-1 Saturday evening. Japan has won in two shutouts, easing past Poland and Austria on their route to the last four.

As always you can catch all the table tennis streaming live on NBCOlympics.com.