SEA Games: Paddlers in double-gold time

SEA Games: Paddlers in double-gold time
GOLDEN SMILE: Singapore Table Tennis Association President Lee Bee Wah congratulating Zhou Yihan after Singapore won the women's team.

Almost simultaneously, Singapore sealed 3-0 victories over Thailand in both the men's and women's table tennis team event finals at the Wunno Theikdi Indoor Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

With the two teams featuring a total of seven SEA Games first-timers, Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) president Lee Bee Wah could not help but exclaim, "Huat ah!", after their successes.

She had set a three-gold target from the four table tennis events here, and the Singapore paddlers look on course, with the men's and women's singles competition.

Said Lee: "It will not be easy because the standard in this region has improved. We have to take one match at a time... but the youngsters and first-timers did not disappoint us.

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"We wanted to give them this opportunity to test them and see how they perform under pressure. We are glad that, although some of them fell behind in some matches, they eventually came back to win.

"This bodes well for our preparation towards the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games next year."

In the women's team event, 17-year-old Lin Ye was thrown into the fray to play the second singles after Isabelle Li was struck down with fever and diarrhoea.

She rose to the occasion to beat Tamalowan Khetkhuan 3-1 (11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6).

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