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How Team Singapore fared on the ninth day of YOG competition (Monday)

The results:

Here is Team Singapore fared on Monday

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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TABLE TENNIS

Girls’ Singles Semi-Finals

Isabelle Li bt Suthasini Sawettabut (Tha) 4-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-9)

Girls’ Singles Final

Gu Yuting (Chn) bt Isabelle Li 4-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9)

Isabelle Li wins Singapore’s second silver medal

ATHLETICS

Girls’ 1,000m B Final

Ranjitha Raja finished 5th in 3:03.90

DIVING

Girls’ Individual 3m springboard (Preliminaries)

Chloe Chan Su Lin finished 13th with 313.95 points

BASKETBALL

Boys’ Round Robin

India 20 Singapore 31

Girls’ Round Robin

Chile 16 Singapore 15

SAILING

Girls’ Byte CII

Natasha Yokoyama

Race 7:20th position out of 32

Race 8:6th position out of 32

Natasha is lying in fourth position with 50 net points after eight races

Girls’ Techno293 (Windsurfing)

Audrey Yong

Race 7:7th position out of 18

Race 8: 6th position out of 18

Audrey is lying third with 28 net points after eight races

Boys’ Byte CII

Darren Choy

Race 7:3rd position out of 29

Race 8: 4th position out of 29

Darren is lying first with 38 net points after eight races

HANDBALL

Men’s team (5th/6th placing)

Cook Islands20 Singapore 27

HOCKEY

Boys’ Preliminaries

Ghana 2 Singapore 1

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Newsbreak: Isabelle beaten by Gu, takes girls singles silver

The report:

Isabelle Li may not have won the girls singles gold tonight but I am proud of her. I think the gulf in standards between her and Gu Yuting showed but I also feel that Isabelle has gone beyond expectations in reaching the final.

Remember: although she was Singapore’s best hope of a table tennis medal at the Youth Olympic Games, she was only seeded seventh in the singles tournament. Which means that she was expected to make the quarter-finals at the very least. Anything other than that would be a bonus.

Gu was just too strong for Isabelle but it was stirring to see the 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student going all out especially in the decider despite starring at an almost unassailable 0-3 deficit.

My heartiest congratulations to Isabelle. I think your silver is worth its weight in gold.

Here’s the report of the match from The Straits Times website.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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It’s a silver for Isabelle

(The Straits Times Online, 23 Aug 2010)

By Gerard Wong

ISABELLE Li’s dream run in the Youth Olympic Games table tennis girls singles competition ended with a silver medal on Monday evening when she lost 0-4 to China’s Gu Yuting in the final at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 15-year-old Singapore Sports School student, who swept Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut 4-0 in Monday morning’s semi-finals and shed tears as she became an improbable finalist, gave her all against the top-seeded Gu. However, the difference in standards was clear for all to see.

Isabelle may have frustrated her previous opponents with her defensive style of play but Gu, who beat South Korea’s Yang Han Eun 4-1 in her semi-final, overcame that with her aggression, speed and accurate smashes. The World Under-15 No. 1, who won the doubles and mixed doubles titles at the 2009 World Junior Championships, raced to a 2-0 lead within 14 minutes after beating Isabelle 11-9 and 11-5 in the first two sets.

Isabelle, who turns 16 on Saturday, gave the partisan crowd something to cheer about when she raced to a 4-1 and then a 5-2 lead in the third set. But the plucky teenager could only watch on helplessly as Gu bounced back to tie the match at 7-7 before winning 11-8 to rack up an almost unassailable 3-0 lead.

In the deciding set, Isabelle went for broke and adopted a more attacking style. The tactic worked initially to the delight of her supporters as she led 3-0 and 5-2. Then, in a repeat of the third set, Gu took over, turned the tables and sped off to a 7-10 lead. Isabelle clawed her way back to 9-10 but Gu eventually prevailed to win 11-9.

Despite the defeat, the crowd applauded Isabelle for her spirited display and for winning Singapore’s second silver of the YOG. The teenager will now pair up with Clarence Chew for the Mixed Team event which begins on Tuesday. Singapore will kick off their group stage campaign with three matches – against Intercontinental 2, Egypt and Africa 1.

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Newsbreak: Isabelle Li in YOG girls table tennis singles semi-finals

The report:

Congratulations to Singapore’s Isabelle Li for reaching the semi-finals of the girls individual singles competition. I watched the 15-year-old in action on television against Romania Bernadette Szocs and couldn’t help marvelling at the guile and cunning she displayed.

Isabelle clearly employs a defensive style of play, one that relies on attrition ie long rallies that either force her opponents into making mistakes or invite them to attack her. And when they attack and realise that she has this amazing ability to return all that they throw at her, they grow frustrated, and that’s where the mistakes start to creep in.

Also, just when you think it is all return-return-return for her, the SIngapore Sports School paddler suddenly whips out a stunning strike that catches her rival off guard.

What I also enjoyed was watching the crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium cheering her on. Very heart-stirring stuff.

Isabelle will be in for a tough time in tomorrow’s semis though (Monday). She faces Thailand’s S. Suthasini who had thrashed Japan’s Ayuki Tanioka in another quarter-final. Ayuki had beaten Isabelle 3-2 in a group stage match.

Here’s wishing Isabelle nerves of steel and the best of luck for tomorrow! Go for it, girl. Majulah Singapura!

Here’s the report of Isabelle’s quarter-final from The Straits Times online website.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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S’pore paddler in semis

(The Straits Times Online, 22 Aug 2010)

By Gerard Wong

ISABELLE Li is one step away from winning another medal for Singapore at the Youth Olympic Games.

The 15-year-old paddler, who reached the last eight after winning two of her three group stage matches on Sunday morning, entered the semi-finals of the girls singles competition after beating Romania’s Bernadette Szocs 4-1 in their quarter-final clash on Sunday evening.

Buoyed by the partisan crowd support at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the Singapore Sports School student made a promising start when she won her first set 11-8. But she then fell 5-11 as 15-year-old Szocs tied the game. However, Li, who had competed in over 20 international tournaments across four continents in preparation for the YOG, was unfazed and relied on her patient, defensive game to wear down Szocs and frustrate her.

The tactic worked. Constantly invited to go for the kill, Szocs made a string of errors which enabled Li to win the next two sets 11-5 and 11-8. An increasingly anxious and agitated Szocs went all out in the deciding set to try reduce the deficit, but Li proved to be a brick wall against her attacks and eventually won 11-7 to book her place in the last four.

Li will now face Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut in the semi-finals on Monday morning (10am). Sawettabut had defeated Japan’s Ayuka Tanioka 4-0 (11-7, 11-4, 12-10, 11-8) in their quarter-final match.

Singapore’s Clarence Chew did not make it to the quarter-finals of the Boys’ singles competition though. He was knocked out in the second round of the group stage after losing 2-3 to Stefan Leitgeb of Austria and Ojo Onaolapo of Nigeria.

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