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Table Tennis: Singapore women, men retain team titles in Glasgow

Teenager Lin Ye (right) and Yu Mengyu claimed the winning point for Singapore by Malaysia’s Beh Lee Wei and Ho Ying 3-1 in the doubles. Photos: ITTF.

Teenager Lin Ye (right) and Yu Mengyu claimed the winning point for Singapore in the Commonwealth Games women’s team final by beating Malaysia’s Beh Lee Wei and Ho Ying 3-1 in the doubles. Photos: ITTF.

July 29, 2014: Singapore won the Commonwealth Games women’s and men’s team events for the fourth consecutive time since table tennis was introduced into the multi-sport event in 2002.

 

The Singapore women’s team – consisting of World No. 5 Feng Tianwei, No. 18 Yu Mengyu and teenager Lin Ye, with Isabelle Li Siyun and Zhou Yihan on the bench – beat rivals Malaysia 3-0 in Sunday’s final in Glasgow.

 

Yu, 24, gave the 2010 World Team Championship winners the perfect start by coming from behind to beat Ng Sock Khim 3-1 (7-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9). The 27-year-old Feng, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, then downed Beh Lee Wei 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-4) to give the top seeds a 2-0 lead.

 

Singapore secured the historic gold with a doubles success for Yu and 18-year-old Lin, as they overcame Beh and Ho Ying 3-1 (11-9, 11-13, 11-9, 11-5).

 

Singapore women’s coach Jing Junhong said: “I’m proud. The result was 3-0 so that was good, but it was difficult. The first match was really important for us. We always hope to win the gold, but it’s not easy. In the semi-finals we lost a match, but winning the gold is more important for us.

 

The Singapore women’s team of Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu, Lin Ye, Isabelle Li Siyun and Zhou Yihan beat Malaysia 3-0 to retain their Commonwealth Games team title in Glasgow.

The Singapore women’s team of Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu, Lin Ye, Isabelle Li Siyun and Zhou Yihan beat Malaysia 3-0 to retain their Commonwealth Games team title in Glasgow.

“The players performed well and to win gold is good for our young players. We have a young team. Compared to the last Commonwealth Games we’ve changed three key players and we’ve got three young players coming together. It’s a gold medal at a major Games so the future is good for us.”

 

Singapore’s victory in the men’s team final on Monday was not as straightforward, as they had to overcome a spirited England team and the majority of the 2,500 crowd at the Scotstoun Sports Campus. Zhan Jian, Gao Ning and Li Hu managed to block out the crowd to defeat England 3-1 to join their female teammates as gold medal winners.

 

Zhan, 32, was the hero for Singapore as he beat Paul Drinkhall in the opening match 3-2 (5-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 11-2), before winning the gold for Singapore in the fourth and decisive match by defeating Andrew Baggaley 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-9).

 

“I’m really happy, winning the gold was not easy,” said Zhan. “I would like to thank my teammates, my coaches and all the officials.”

 

Gao Ning, 31, did not let the team down by beating Liam Pitchford 3-0 (11-9, 13-11, 11-3) in the second singles match, having lost to the same player four years earlier in New Delhi when the Englishman was only 17. Baggaley and Drinkhall earned England a point by beating Gao and 26-year-old Li 3-1 (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-3), the pair who retained their doubles crown at the World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai earlier this year.

 

Nigeria defeated India to claim the bronze medal, while Australia won bronze in the in the women’s by defeating India.

 

Source: ITTF (www.ittf.com); Editing by SportAsia

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