Singapore paddler Lin Ye clinched the Girls' Under-21 singles title at the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals in Dubai, beating top seed Ng Wing Nam of Hong Kong late Friday night.
The 17-year-old avenged her earlier loss to the same opponent in the group stages, taking the match 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6. This is Singapore's first victory in this event since Yu Mengyu's title at the 2009 edition in Macau.
In other events, Feng Tianwei failed to get the better of nemesis Ding Ning of China in the singles quarter-finals, losing 12-10, 6-11, 15-13, 5-11, 9-11, 8-11. This was the Singapore world No. 5's 13th loss to the world No. 2 and top seed in 15 past encounters.
She will team up with Yu on Saturday in a bid to retain their women's doubles title, while Gao Ning and Yang Zi are also defending champions in the men's doubles. With a prize purse of US$1 million (S$1.27 million), the prestigious season-ender is the most lucrative event on the calendar.