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Table tennis: Singapore teen Clarence Chew claims 2nd major scalp

Clarence Chew topples world No. 35, two days after beating world No. 37

Published on May 3, 2014 6:58 AM
Clarence Chew of Singapore hits a return against Par Gerell of Sweden at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo yesterday. The 18-year-old won 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 against the world No. 35. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Never mind that Clarence Chew is the youngest and most inexperienced among the Singapore men's team at the World Team Table Tennis Championships.

Despite his lowly world No. 259 ranking, the 18-year-old debutant has proved over the past week that he can play the unlikely hero, in earning the Republic a place in the last eight yesterday.

The local-born paddler starred in the team's 3-1 round-of-16 win over Sweden yesterday, posting a ruthless 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 victory over world No. 35 Par Gerell, the opposing team's top player.

With world No. 14 Gao Ning earning two more points in his victories over world No. 97 Kristian Karlsson (3-2) and world No. 66 Jens Lundqvist (3-0), Singapore marched on to meet Germany in today's quarter-finals.

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