Cover Yu Mengyu of Team Singapore reacts during her Women's Singles Quarterfinals table tennis match. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yu Mengyu may win Singapore's first Olympic medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Here's everything you need to know about her

Yu Mengyu's name has been trending after the Team Singapore Tokyo 2020 Olympics star qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s singles table tennis event after beating Kasumi Ishikawa 4-1 on July 28.

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In fact, the athlete is very close to getting an Olympic medal in the women's singles competition. Yu will be battling it out against China's best paddler, Chen Meng in the semi-finals on July 29.

However, despite the incredible national pride she is bringing and has brought over the many years that she has been competing for Team Singapore, little is known about Yu.

Keep reading to find out more about Singapore's latest up and coming Olympic Games star. 

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She was born in Liaoning, China

Did you know that Yu was born in Liaoning, China? The table tennis star was born on August 18, 1989; she made the decision to leave China for Singapore at 17 years old back in 2006.

She then joined the Singapore Table Tennis Association where she has been making Team Singapore proud. 

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This is Yu's second Olympics

If you watch Yu play, you will easily be able to tell that this is not her first rodeo. True enough, Yu has actually participated in two Olympic Games including the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Yu's Olympic debut was in 2016 when she participated in the Rio Games where she performed well. Unfortunately, she ultimately lost to Kim Song-i of North Korea. 

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Yu once ranked ninth in the world

Yu is currently ranked 47th in the world but did you know that at one point, the athlete was ranked ninth in the world?

She made the ranking in March 2010 and it has been the best ranking in her career so far. 

 

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She is a highly decorated athlete

Besides being an Olympian, Yu has also earned bronzes at the 2014 Asian Cup and 2018 Asian Games.

She also managed to earn a gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games in addition to multiple other smaller scale awards at sporting competitions. 

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She consistently battles spinal and shoulder injuries

Yu is incredible at her sport and consistently impresses the world with her talent. However, probably the most impressive thing about her is her resilience. For many years, Yu has battled debilitating spinal and shoulder injuries. 

It got so bad that she once admitted that she could not get out of bed for a month in 2014. In fact, she only made it through the Rio Olympics with injections and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments. She also had a shoulder injury on a labrum that was completely torn for over a year. 

Yet, despite these challenges, Yu's love for the sport and perseverance keeps her competing and excelling.