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China are guaranteed to win Olympic gold and silver in the women's singles table tennis, with Sun Yingsha and Chen Meng both winning their respective semifinals.

TOKYO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese youngster Sun Yingsha proved herself too strong for Mima Ito here on Thursday, beating the Japanese 4-0 to set up an all-Chinese women's singles table tennis final with Chen Meng.

Sun, 20, stumbled a little in the second set, later admitting to being distracted after an easy first set win, but saw off her opponent 11-3, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4.

"I didn't expect I would win by this kind of scoreline," Sun said. "Ito's condition has been good. I took my game to her. From the first set, I put everything into each point."

Sun said the second set was a turning point where she committed four unforced errors to trail 4-0 and 9-3, before fighting back to win 11-9.

"This is part of my preparations. No matter how much I'm trailing or how much I'm leading by, if I don't give up, I can overcome the deficit," she recalled.

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Also 20, Ito acknowledged the gap between her and Sun.

"What I was doing was not bad, but the results showed that we are not even close. There's a gulf in class," said Ito, who partnered Jun Mizutani on Monday to claim the mixed doubles title, which is Japan's first ever Olympic gold in table tennis.

"She's exceptional, already an Olympic champion," Sun said of Ito, who is just a few days her senior.

"We've played each other at world championships, world cups, and now the Olympics. I really enjoy the competitions between us since we bring out each other's fighting spirit," added the Youth Olympic and Asian champion.

Earlier on Thursday morning, Sun's compatriot and world No. 1 Chen Meng stormed into the final after beating Singapore's Yu Mengyu 11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

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