Women’s desk tennis staff beat Malaysia, ship first gold for Singapore, Latest Team Singapore News
BIRMINGHAM – Singapore are Commonwealth Games desk tennis girls’s staff champions once more, after they beat Malaysia 3-0 within the ultimate on Monday (Aug 1).
The Republic have made each girls’s staff ultimate because the sport was included within the Games programme in 2002, however had been surprised by India within the 2018 ultimate.
They have been in imperious kind on this 12 months’s competitors, nevertheless, as they steamrolled their manner again to the highest. Along the best way, they beat England, Nigeria, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Australia and their Causeway rivals with out dropping a match.
Underdogs Malaysia additionally need to be given credit score for his or her never-say-die perspective, as they produced stirring comeback 3-2 wins towards India after which Wales en path to the ultimate.
But in a repeat of the 2014 ultimate, Singapore pulled off one other sweep.
After an early scare, Zeng Jian and Zhou Jingyi helped the staff cool down by beating Karen Lyne and Ho Ying 3-1 (7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-5) within the opening doubles match.
In the stands, a mini cheering competitors additionally broke out between Singapore – that includes Singapore National Olympic Council president Tan Chuan-Jin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Eric Chua and Singapore Table Tennis Association president Ellen Lee – and Malaysia’s contingent of supporters.
But it was the Singaporeans’ roar and Majulah Singapura which rang loudest after Feng Tianwei beat Alice Chang 3-0 (11-9, 11-1, 11-7) earlier than Zeng overcame Ho 3-1 (11-3, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5) to re-establish their standing as queens of Commonwealth desk tennis. Australia took the bronze after overcoming Wales 3-0 within the play-off.
This is the Republic’s first gold medal at these Games, and their second medal after swimmer Teong Tzen Wei’s silver within the males’s 50m butterfly on Saturday.
Singapore girls’s coach Jing Junhong paid tribute to her staff, and stated: “This gold medal didn’t come straightforward.
“We have a brand new staff this time, with expertise in Tianwei, but additionally younger debutantes like Zeng Jian, Jingyi and Xin Ru. We are very united, which helped us overcome difficulties once we confronted them.
“Before the event, we thought Australia can be the trickiest opponents, however we ready and carried out very nicely within the semi-final.
“Even though we faced some difficulties along the way, we were confident in our own capabilities. We were calm when the opponents threatened to fight back, which is very important.”
The Singapore girls’s staff could have a day’s relaxation on Tuesday earlier than they flip their consideration to the person occasions beginning Wednesday. Given their tremendous kind, a deep run into the ladies’s singles and doubles appears possible.