SHANGHAI, May 4(Xinhuanet)-- Former world doubles champion Gao Jun revived her table tennis career as the 36-year-old veteran outlasted Chinese youngster Cao Zhen 4-3 to reach the women's singles quarterfinals Wednesday at the world championships.
Gao, a former Chinese national player who now represents the United States, won the"Dual of Generations" 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4,9-11, 3-11, 11-7.
Playing in penhold style, Gao combined her consistant blocks and placement shots to hold her 18-year-old opponent at bay.
Gao, the women's doubles winner at the 1991 world championships, had earlier knocked out fourth-seeded Li Jia Wei of Singapore on Tuesday.
Gao next faces Lin Ling of Hong Kong, China in the quarterfinals. Lin stunned world number four Tamara Baros of Croatia 4-2 to reach the last eight. Enditem