Back-to-back titles for Singapore's Lin Ye at table tennis Grand Finals

Singapore's Ye Lin serving against Japan's Yui Hamamoto during their U21 women's singles final match on Dec 11.
Singapore's Ye Lin serving against Japan's Yui Hamamoto during their U21 women's singles final match on Dec 11. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Lin Ye won the the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals Under-21 women's title on Friday after beating Japan's Yui Hamamoto 4-2 (12-10, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8) in the final.

The Singaporean was also the U-21 women's singles champion at the tournament's last edition, which was staged in Dubai last January. She is the first player in the competition's 19-year history to retain her title. This year's tournament is held in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 19-year-old had earlier defeated Hamamoto, also in six games (12-14, 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 ), in the round-robin group stages.

Said Lin: "I have played against Yui Hamamoto quite a few times before, including the group match yesterday and I have won every time, so I was confident coming into the match."