Table Tennis: Singapore's Yee Herng Hwee qualifies for Youth Olympic Games

Local youth paddler Yee Herng Hwee has made it to this year's Youth Olympic Games, clinching one of the first two spots available on Sunday, April 4, 2014, at the Asia Continental Qualification event in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF ITTF
Local youth paddler Yee Herng Hwee has made it to this year's Youth Olympic Games, clinching one of the first two spots available on Sunday, April 4, 2014, at the Asia Continental Qualification event in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF ITTF

Local youth paddler Yee Herng Hwee has made it to this year's Youth Olympic Games, clinching one of the first two spots available on Sunday at the Asia Continental Qualification event in Bangkok.

The 16-year-old finished top in her group in the round-robin stage, winning all three of her matches. She was given a bye in the quarter-finals, then swept aside Regina Kim of Uzbekistan 11-3, 11-5, 11-5, 12-10 in the next round with ease.

Team-mate Yin Jing Yuan lost his semi-final 5-11, 8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11 to India's Abhishek Yadav.

But the 17-year-old Singaporean will get a second shot at qualifying for the Aug 16-18 event in Nanjing on Monday, when there are two more slots available.

A total of four qualifying spots are up for grabs in each of the boys' and girls' singles event. Under the format of the qualifying tournament, the two winning semi-finalists will qualify without needing to play the final.

The remaining players will go through another round of knock-out matches with the two winning semi-finalists earning the remaining two slots.

Each National Olympic Committee is allowed to field only one athlete in the boys' and girls' singles event. The paddlers' selection for the quadrennial Games is subject to the approval of the Singapore National Olympic Council. Six have been given the nod so far - two shooters, one taekwondo exponent and three sailors.