Chen Meng is one of four Chinese players in the women's singles semi-finals ©Getty Images

China will sweep the women’s singles podium at the World Table Tennis Championships after dominating the semi-final line-up at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, Wang Yidi and Sun Yingsha emerged as the winners of their respective quarter-final matches today.

Wang Yidi was the only Chinese player to be the underdog heading into their last-eight match, where she played third seed Mima Ito of Japan.

The pair traded the opening two games of the contest, before Wang earned the upper hand to secure a 12-10, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 victory.

She will now face second seed Sun, who recorded a straight-games 11-9, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 win over South Korea’s Suh Hyo-won.

Olympic champion Chen remains on course for further gold, as the top seed beat Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa 11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 in her quarter-final match.

Chen will play Wang Manyu for a place in the gold-medal match, after she won an all-Chinese quarter-final 11-9, 11-7, 11-1, 13-11 against Chen Xingtong.

The results have continued China’s dominance of the women’s singles event at the individual World Championships, with Miu Hirano of Japan the only player from outside of the nation to have secured a podium finish since 2005.

Hirano won bronze at the World Championships in 2017.

China are also assured of having a finalist in the men’s singles event, with world number one Fan Zhendong and Liang Jingkun meeting in the semi-finals.

Olympic silver medallist Fan came from a game down to beat compatriot Lin Gaoyuan in the last eight.

Liang produced a dramatic comeback to eliminate tournament third seed Hugo Calderano of Brazil.

Calderano claimed the opening three games of their match, only for Liang to storm back to win 8-11, 12-14, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8.

Germany’s Timo Boll secured the second individual World Championship podium finish of his career, 10 years on from winning bronze in Rotterdam.

The 40-year-old beat the United States’ Kanak Jha 4-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 to reach the semi-finals.

He will face the unseeded Truls Möregårdh of Sweden.

Möregårdh beat Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna 13-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-4, 12-14, 11-7 in the quarter-finals.

Aruna had become the first African player to reach this stage of the men’s event.

The mixed doubles competition will conclude tomorrow, with semi-finals and the gold-medal match taking place.

Top seeds Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-ching of Chinese Taipei face Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha of China in the first semi-final match.

Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata will meet the combined Chinese and US pairing of Lin Gaoyuan and Lily Zhang in the second semi-final.