SINGAPORE - The squad may be younger and more inexperienced than ever before but it is hard for the national paddlers to lower their targets and expectations.
So, ahead of next week's World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo, they remain hungry to taste similar success as they did in the past two editions.
"My target is definitely to lead the team to win a medal," said Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei yesterday during the team's visit to Rainbow Centre-Yishun Park School, in keeping up their annual tradition of doing community work before the world championships.
She added: "Right now, it's hard to say how far we will get in the tournament but I'm still quite confident in our team."
The world No. 7 will spearhead the charge of the national women's team together with Yu Mengyu (No. 18) and local-borns Isabelle Li (No. 159) and Yee Herng Hwee (No. 306).
Isabelle and Herng Hwee will be making their debuts in the team championships.
The Republic finished runners-up to China at the last edition in Dortmund in 2012, with a side featuring veterans Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu alongside Feng.