Host Japan swept Hong Kong 3-0 as the women's team table tennis semifinals began Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics.
Harani Miu teamed with Ishikawa Kasumi to sweep the opening doubles match and went on to clinch the overall matchup by sweeping her singles match as well.
Ito Mima, the bronze medalist in the women's singles and gold medalist in mixed doubles with Mizutani Jun, won her singles match 3-1.
Overwhelming favorite China will play Germany on Wednesday, followed by the men's semifinals.
Women's quarterfinal matches
Germany 3, South Korea 2: No. 3 seed Germany had plenty of work to do to hold off South Korea, and Germany paddler Shan Xiaona had a long wait to to play the hero and make amends for an early loss. Shan and Petrissa Solja lost 3-2 to start the match, and Han Ying's pair of individual wins kept Germany in the mix despite a Jeon Ji-hee win in the third pairing. Shan was ready, though, and beat Choi Hyo-joo 3-0 in the decisive match.
China 3, Singapore 0: No. 1 seed China made quick, quick work of No. 6 Singapore, just as they did with Austria. Chen Meng and Wang Manyu swept a doubles match before Sung Yinsha delivered a win. Both went in straight sets. Then Wang stepped back in for another win, this one 3-1 over Lin Ye. It'll be China v Germany and Hong Kong v Japan in the semifinals.
Men's quarterfinal matches
Japan 3, Sweden 1: The No. 3 seeded hosts got a team win from Koki Niwa and Tomokazu Harimoto before Sweden answered through an individual win for Mattias Falck. Harimoto and Niwa, however, responded with individual wins of their own to advance to a semifinal round that now includes Japan, China, and South Korea.
Germany 3, Chinese Taipei 2: Everyone contributed to Germany's win, as Patrick Franziska and Timo Boll won a doubles match to start the affair and Dimitrij Ovtcharov joined Boll in winning a singles match. Lin Yun-ju's two individual wins kept Chinese Taipei in the mix deep into the contest, but it will be Germany who moves on to face hosts Japan in the semis.