London, England – It will be a battle between countrywomen in the final of women's table tennis after China's Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia picked up a pair of victories each on Monday.
The top-seeded Ding won all four games of her match with Japan's Ai Fukuhara in the quarterfinals before besting Singapore's Feng Tianwei in the semifinals. That sets up a clash with Li, the second seed who rolled past the Netherlands' Li Jiao and Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa in succession.
"We've played each other so often and we've both worked hard on our game, so it's going to be hard match to predict. I think both of us will be really going for it," said Ding, a 2011 singles world champion.
The gold medal game is scheduled for Wednesday, as is the bronze match between Feng and Ishikawa.
The men's tournament featured a pair of matches on Tuesday. Fifth-seeded Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei swept past Romania's Adrian Crisan, while eighth-seeded German Dimitrij Ovtcharov downed Denmark's Michael Maze in seven games.
Crisan was coming off an upset for fourth seed Timo Boll of Germany.