If Chen Meng is such a riskless choice, can anyone explain why she has absolutely zero major continental or world titles to her name? Because she brings her best game at those moments?
Well because we are talking about it from another perspective.
There is only 1 serious threat for the Gold Medal and that is Mima Ito.
She is the only player that can consistently beat Chinese players.
All the other women aren't that big of a threat.
So if you want to select players with the biggest chance of a medal, you would have to select who can beat Ito.
The matches between Chinese women themselves don't count at the Olympics , since you only meet non chinese now. It's not like foreigners won those Olympic,world and continental titles.