Paddlers not at peace on court: Jing

Paddlers not at peace on court: Jing
Table-tennis bronze medal play-off between Jing Jun Hong (Singapore) and Chen Jing (Taiwan) at the State Sport Centre.

SINGAPORE - Many would be satisfied with the bronze showing by a young and inexperienced Singapore women's national team at the Asian Table Tennis Championships which concluded on Sunday.

But to coach Jing Junhong, it was a mixed outing that is compelling her to try and help her charges do more than just meet the passing mark.

The Republic's campaign ended after Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu were knocked out of the women's doubles quarter-finals on Sunday.

They lost 2-3 (6-11, 9-11, 15-13, 11-3, 8-11) to Hong Kong's Doo Hoi Kem and Li Ching Wan, and Jing felt they had not performed to expectations.

She added in a phone interview from Busan, South Korea: "Tianwei and Mengyu didn't do what they were capable of."

World No. 4 Feng and No. 32 Yu had won the doubles title at the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals in December.

Doo and Li, on the other hand, are the world No. 93 and No. 238 respectively.

But knowing it was a match well within their grasp ended up being the Singaporeans' undoing, said Jing.

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