Olympics-Table Tennis-'Lose quickly and come home', demands Austrian paddler's daughter
By Eimi Yamamitsu
TOKYO (Reuters) - Austria's Liu Jia faces a dilemma reaching the last 16 of the women's table tennis singles competition - she is still in the running for a medal at the Tokyo Games, but her success is delaying a reunion with her 10th -year-old daughter.
"My daughter doesn't care (if I win). She doesn't bother in the slightest. For her, it's just about me going home as soon as possible," said Liu, who was born in China, adding that her daughter told her probably not watched last game due to time difference.
"When she heard that I was going to play against China in the team event, she was particularly happy. She said: 'Lose quickly and come home.' I can understand that.
"Children have very simple thinking. Win or lose, just come home. Coming home is key for them."
The 39-year-old beat a number of younger rivals en route to the round of 16, including Syrian Hend Zaza - who was the youngest athlete in Tokyo at 12 - and 20-year-old Puerto Rican paddler Adriana Diaz.
"It seems like I'm bullying the young players," said Liu after beating Diaz 4-0 in the third round on Tuesday.
"I controlled her, didn't give her a chance to attack. I played well, although I got nervous at the end. I felt like I was going to pee when I was close to winning."
Liu, who is competing in her sixth Olympic Games, will next face South Korean Jeon Ji-hee in the singles and will also compete in the team competition from August 1st.
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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