Table tennis: Singapore's rising stars win big with four golds

Singapore's women paddlers (from left to right): Lin Ye, Zhou Yihan, Yee Herng Hwee and Pearlyn Koh. Singapore (including the men's team), won 4 golds and 4 bronzes at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.
Singapore's women paddlers (from left to right): Lin Ye, Zhou Yihan, Yee Herng Hwee and Pearlyn Koh. Singapore (including the men's team), won 4 golds and 4 bronzes at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.PHOTO: STTA

The gamble to field a team of younger players at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships paid off for Singapore, after the national team finished their campaign with four golds and four bronzes at the biennial event.

With Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu rested for the tournament, the women's team were led instead by world No. 46 Zhou Yihan and No. 57 Lin Ye.

They swept all the women's events, with Zhou winning the singles event then partnering Lin to the doubles.

Zhou, 21, came from behind to beat Mouma Das of India 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 1-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7.

She partnered Lin to beat Indian pair Manika Batra and Ankita 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

The team, consisting of Yee Herng Hwee, Zhang Wanling and Pearlyn Koh, beat India 3-1 for the title.

Lin settled for a bronze in the singles event while Yee and Koh also finished third in the women's doubles.

In the men's events, world No. 176 Chen Feng beat India's Amalraj Anthony 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 6-11, 14-12, 11-7 to take the men's singles title.

The men's team, consisting of Chen, Pang Xue Jie, Clarence Chew, Li Hu and Yang Zi took the bronze after beating Northern Ireland 3-0.

Li also teamed up with Zhou in the mixed doubles event to win a bronze.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline 'S'pore's rising stars win big with four golds'. Print Edition | Subscribe