Teen paddlers Izaac Quek, Zhou Jingyi make their mark in Birmingham, Latest Team Singapore News
BIRMINGHAM – An injection of youthful exuberance has helped Singapore’s males’s and ladies’s desk tennis groups of their Commonwealth Games medal hunts and supply optimism for future silverware.
Izaac Quek and Zhou Jingyi, 16 and 17 respectively, often is the youngest paddlers from both squad however each have impressed with their matured performances.
After being ignored for choice on the Hanoi SEA Games in May, Izaac has seized his likelihood in Birmingham the place he’s making his main Games debut.
He received each his doubles and singles match within the group stage and featured 4 occasions within the knockout rounds, posting a commendable two wins and two losses.
He and teammates Clarence Chew, Ethan Poh and Koen Pang additionally battled bravely in the 3-1 defeat by India in the gold medal match on Tuesday (Aug 2).
Izaac,who grew to become the primary Singaporean to prime the Under-15 boys’ world rating listing in April final 12 months, stated: “It’s very satisfying when you win, not solely simply by your talents, but additionally utilizing your mind to suppose, easy methods to outplay or counter my opponent.
“Although I’ve played it for so many years, I still find new things to learn. It’s a very creative sport… so that’s what keeps me motivated.”
After a relaxation day on Wednesday, he returned fired up on Thursday, partnering Jingyi within the blended doubles as they simply beat South Africans Shaun Jones and Musfiquh Kalam 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-3) within the opening spherical of 64.
Jingyi, who received all seven of her matches within the ladies’s staff occasion as she, Feng Tianwei, Zeng Jian and Goi Rui Xuan reclaimed the gold medal, is absolutely dedicated to her chosen path.
She graduated from the Singapore Sports School’s polytechnic through-train programme final 12 months however has put her research on maintain to deal with desk tennis.
Jingyi, who clinched two silver medals on the current SEA Games, stated: “Everyone knows not everything goes smoothly, there are bound to be ups and downs. I know I’m doing this for myself, I have the passion for this game and it’s something that I want to do and need to do.”
Izaac, who picked up the game at seven, may take the same route. The Singapore Sports School pupil is planning to take a spot 12 months to deal with subsequent 12 months’s SEA Games in Cambodia and September’s Asian Games in Hangzhou.
Both youngsters have loved success of their early careers, successful a number of World Table Tennis youth occasions, they acknowledged that competing on the senior stage is a special problem however are decided to understand their goals of competing on the Olympic Games in the future.
Their respective coaches are cautiously optimistic. Gao Ning, nationwide males’s staff coach, famous that Izaac “has a good feel for the competition environment and grasp of his opponents’ technical abilities” whereas his backhand assault is his greatest power.
But the three-time Olympian added that there was nonetheless loads of work wanted for Izaac’s forehand power and software in addition to bodily conditioning.
Head coach of the national women’s table tennis team Jin Junhong praised Jingyi’s psychological power, significantly given her inexperience at main Games the place the standard of opponents was greater than at youth tournaments.
She stated: “The larger the stress, the stronger she bounces off it, and this can be a high quality I really feel each elite athlete should have. From a technical viewpoint, she nonetheless has to stage up in lots of areas by means of competitions.
“As she enters senior competitors, this can be a good begin however there isn’t a immediate success. She might want to discover ways to handle setbacks and defeats.
“Ups and downs are inevitable and we need to be here for her, help her set and achieve short-term milestones and long-term targets along the way.”