NI HAO, KONICHIWA

July 29, 2012
Djibouti's Farah Yasmin Hassan, left, plays Brazil's Caroline Kumahara during preliminary round table tennis match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

There's a sure sign the world's best players are about to take the floor at the table tennis venue: Mandarin and Japanese translators are arriving. Let's hope someone shows up to help with Korean.

The world's two top-ranked women — Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia of China — play Sunday night. No. 3 Kim Kyun-gah of South Korean and No. 4 Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan also play. The top 12 women in the tournament are all from Asia. No. 13 is Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus. Nos. 14 and 15 are China-born players who represent the Netherlands and Poland.

Even Singapore uses two players born in China — Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu.

— Stephen Wade — Twitter http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP

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