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Newsflash: Singapore’s hopes at Volkswagen Women’s World Cup brighten

Singapore’s hopes of a top-three finish at this weekend’s 2008 Volkswagen Women’s World Cup (6-8 Sept) in Kuala Lumpur have been given a huge boost following the withdrawal of Olympic gold medallist and world No 1 Zhang Yining from the event. 

Zhang Yining is out because of a thigh injury. Picture taken from www.people.com.cn

Zhang Yining is out because of a thigh injury. Picture taken from http://www.people.com.cn

The New Straits Times reported today that Zhang has been forced to withdraw from the event after suffering pain in her right thigh during training.
She had sustained the injury during her Olympic women’s singles final clash with compatriot Wang Nan.

The China Table Tennis Association informed the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia of Zhang’s withdrawal on Tuesday, said the NST.

Zhang, who has four Olympic golds, nine World Championships wins and four World Cup titles to her name, will be replaced by world No 11 Kim Kyung Ah of South Korea.

Zhang is the second big name to drop out of the World Cup.

Last month, defending champion and Beijing Olympics women’s singles silver medallist Wang Nan declined the invitation to take part in the competition.

The news of Zhang’s withdrawal should be sweet music to the Singapore Table Tennis Association who is entering Li Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu for the World Cup.

Li is ranked world No 6 while Wang and Feng is ranked seventh and ninth in the world respectively. The trio are now the highest ranked players in the World Cup draw behind China’s Guo Yue (world No 2) and Li Xiaoxia (world No 5).

Jiawei, in particular, will be heartened by the news as Zhang is her long-time nemesis.

The 27-year-old has never beaten Zhang in 13 encounters. The two most recent defeats occured during the Beijing Olympics. Li lost 1-3 to Zhang in the women’s team final and 1-4 in the women’s singles semi-final. 

However, Li also lost to Guo Yue in the women’s singles bronze medal play-off and to Kim Kyung Ah in the women’s team semi-finals during the Beijing Olympics.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

22 Aug: Newsflash: It’s deja vu as Li Jiawei loses bronze medal play-off

22 Aug: Newsflash: Li loses to nemesis Zhang Yining in semis

 

21 Aug: Newsflash – Li Jiawei is last Singapore paddler left standing in women’s table tennis singles

 

17 August: Singapore loses 0-3 to China but wins first Olympic medal in 48 years

 

15 August: Who is Feng Tianwei? Here’s some info on her…

 

15 August: Women paddlers break our 48-year Olympic drought

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsflash: Li Jiawei to play for and study at Peking University next year?

Singapore paddler Li Jiawei has dropped a bombshell at the Beijing Olympics after her heart-breaking loss in the women’s bronze medal play-off.

The 27-year-old, who, earlier this week, had helped Singapore to win the women’s team silver and break its 48-year medal drought at the Olympics, has revealed to Shin Min Daily News that she is tired after being a full-time athlete for 13 years and that she plans to study at the Peking University next year.

A day after her 2-4 loss to world no 2 Guo Yue in the third-and-fourth play-offs, the second time that she has lost the bronze decider, Li told Shin Min that the Beijing Games is likely to be her last Olympics. She also thanked Singapore for developing her into a world-class player.

Then she dropped the bombshell.

“I will be playing for the Peking University’s table tennis club in Ocotber,” she said. “As a result, I am also thinking of enrolling in the Peking University for studies.”

However, the three-time Singapore Sportswoman of the Year added that she has not confirmed her plans and that she will only make a decision when after she returns to Singapore and after discussions with the Singapore Table Tennis Association about her future.

“I’ve trained for so many years so I am feeling a bit tired,” she said.

“I’m also already 27. All these years, I have missed out on the opportunity to do so many other things. I’ve not had the chance to study either.

“But these are just my thoughts for now. I will go back to Singapore and have a discussion with the STTA president first.”

Li, a former trainee at the Beijing Sports School along with world no1 Zhang Yining, was spotted by  STTA officials during a scouting trip in 1995 and persuaded to come to Singapore to don national colours.

She was only 13 then. She did not go through the Singapore education system during her 13 years as a full-time trainee. However, she is currently the world no 6 and has won countless SEA and Commonwealth Games table-tennis titles and a handful of Asian Games medals.

These wins for Singapore, as well as her successes on the ITTF Pro-Circuit have helped her to earn close to a million dollars in awards and winnings.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

22 Aug: Newsflash: It’s deja vu as Li Jiawei loses bronze medal play-off

 

 

 

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Newsflash: It’s deja vu as Li Jiawei loses bronze medal play-off

Li Jiawei’s and Singapore’s hopes of winning a second medal at the Beijing Olympics came to an end when the 26-year-old paddler was beaten 2-4 by China’s Guo Yue in the women’s singles bronze medal play-off tonight.

The heartbreaking result is a repeat of Li’s performance at the 2004 Athens Games when she lost to South Korea’s Kim Kyung Ah in the third-and-fourth placing match.

Credit to Li though for putting up a tough fight against her Chinese world No 2 opponent yesterday.

The 20-year-old Guo had looked as though she would be running away with a straight 4-0 win after she took the first two sets 11-7 and 14-12. But Li fought back to take the next two sets 11-9 and 11-7 to tie the match at 2-2.

For a while, it looked as though doubts had start to enter Guo’s mind.

But the spikey-haired tomboy, who wore a black top with the intimidating fiery face of a golden dragon emblazoned on the front yesterday , showed that the loss of the two sets was but a small setback in her quest to ensure an all-China sweep of the women’s singles table tennis medals.

She reeled off stinging smash after stinging smash in the fifth set to lead 6-1 and 8-2 before wrapping up an easy 11-3 win.

It was the same story in the deciding set. Li, wearing a constant frown on her face, tried her best but had few answers as a pumped-up Guo sped to an 8-3 lead before smashing her way to an 11-5 win to end the match in 53 minutes and take the bronze.  

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

22 Aug: Newsflash: Li loses to nemesis Zhang Yining in semis

21 Aug: Newsflash – Li Jiawei is last Singapore paddler left standing in women’s table tennis singles

17 Aug: Singapore loses 0-3 to China but wins first Olympic medal in 48 years

15 Aug: Who is Feng Tianwei? Here is some info on her…

15 Aug: Women paddlers breakour 48-year Olympic drought

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