Newsbreak: Singapore assured of at least a silver after reaching Asiad table tennis team final

Team Singapore – currently with one silver (Tao Li) and a bronze (Peter Gilchrist) to their name  – will be able to add one more medal to their Asian Games tally tomorrow after the trio of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei defeated North Korea 3-0 to reach the women’s team final.

They will now face China for the third time this year, and for the second consecutive Asiad.

I hate to say this but I think it’s probably going to be a silver tomorrow because I cannot see how China will falter with home support.

Hopefully, the margin of defeat – if it is going to be a defeat for Singapore – will be a narrow one.

Because if Singapore suffers their second 0-3 whitewash in two months, cynics will have a field day casting aspersions on their fine 3-1 win over China in the World Table Tennis Team Championships final in May.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Here’s the report from The Straits Times Online website:

S’pore women paddlers in final

(The Straits Times Online, 15 Nov 2010)

By Jeff Ang

SINGAPORE reached the women’s table tennis team final for the second straight Asiad after seeing off North Korea 3-0 in the semi-finals on Monday.

Wang Yuegu defeated Kim Jong 11-7, 11-9, 14-16, 11-7 in less than 40 minutes to give the Republic a 1-0 lead.

Feng Tianwei and Sun Beibei were just as clinical in fending off their respective opponents, Kim Hye Song and Han Hye Song.

Feng mastered Kim 11-5, 11-6, 10-12 and 12-10 before Sun sealed the win and sent Singapore into the final with her 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8 triumph over Han.

Singapore will face China in the final tomorrow after the hosts defeated South Korea 3-1 in the other semi-final. This is the second consecutive Asiad that both teams are facing each other for the gold. It is also the third time that Singapore is facing China in a women’s team final this year.

Singapore defeated China 3-1 in the World Table Tennis Team Championships in May but were beaten 0-3 in the World Team Cup Classic final in October.

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Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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