Young guns eye SEA Games doubles gold

Above: Wong Xin Ru has steadily climbed the women's singles world rankings, from No. 741 to No. 185. Left: Singapore paddlers (from left) Yu Mengyu, Goi Rui Xuan, Wong Xin Ru, Josh Chua, Koen Pang, Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew. For the first time sinc
Above: Wong Xin Ru has steadily climbed the women's singles world rankings, from No. 741 to No. 185. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Above: Wong Xin Ru has steadily climbed the women's singles world rankings, from No. 741 to No. 185. Left: Singapore paddlers (from left) Yu Mengyu, Goi Rui Xuan, Wong Xin Ru, Josh Chua, Koen Pang, Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew. For the first time sinc
Above: Singapore paddlers (from left) Yu Mengyu, Goi Rui Xuan, Wong Xin Ru, Josh Chua, Koen Pang, Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew. For the first time since 1997, the Republic will be fielding an all Singapore-born men's table-tennis team in the upcoming SEA Games in the Philippines.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Four years ago, Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru were volunteers at the SEA Games where they witnessed national women's table tennis players Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan upset teammates Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu 4-3 to clinch the doubles gold at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The Singaporean duo are plotting their own sensational upset at the Nov 30-Dec 11 SEA Games in the Philippines, as they make their debut in the women's doubles alongside defending champions Feng and Yu.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2019, with the headline 'Young guns eye SEA Games doubles gold'. Print Edition | Subscribe