Can Team Singapore Win One Olympic Gold This Time Round?

First of all I would like to congratulation the women’s table tennis paddlers for making through to the final. Thanks to Feng Tainwei who saved the day yesterday by winning both her singles matches.

I did not managed to catch the first doubles and singles as I had to send my mother for her appointment. The score line was Singapore 1 – South Korea 1. I was shocked that Li Jiawei lost her singles since all Singapore hope is on her shoulder. She lost her patience to Kim Kyung Ah for playing defensive.

At the 3rd match, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu did not have much problem beating their South Korea doubles opponents winning all the 3 games.

Wang Yuegu was the one who going to play in the 4th match against the China-born Dang Ye Seo. While watching the game being played, I had predicted that Wang Yuegu will lose the match since she can’t cope with her opponent’s quick attacks and backhand flicks. After 33 minutes, the score line was level to 2 points each.

5th match was between Feng Tianwei and Park Mi Young. This match was the longest of all the single matches between Singapore and South Korea. Feng was leading by 2 games before Park changed her approach, mixing attack with defence and won the game. In the 4th game, the game become interesting as the expedite system was kicked in after the maximum 10 minutes of play had ended. What this system does is it prevents a player (server) from playing defensive. The receiving player will score a point when he/she manages 13 returns.

At the end of the 47-minute encounter, Feng Tianwei beat Park Mi Young to make it 3-2 scoreline with the help of the expedite system! Park was forced to move out of her comfort zone as she needed to end the rallies faster and this make Feng played to her rhythm and dictating play again.

The question now… can Team Singapore beat China at their home town in the final? I think not because we will need to give more from what we had produced in the semi-final.

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