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Bar raised for young paddlers after Commonwealth Games

The Singapore Table Tennis Association chief Lee Bee Wah outlines targets for Isabelle Li and Lin Ye, fresh off their success in Glasgow.

SINGAPORE: Higher expectations have been set for promising table tennis players Isabelle Li and Lin Ye after their medal-winning performances at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Li was part of the gold-winning women's team while Lin Ye, won bronze in the singles event.

The 20-year-old Li and 18-year-old Lin will also be part of a young squad set to participate in the Southeast Asian Games, to be held in Singapore next year.

Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) president Ms Lee Bee Wah says it will carry on with the plan to field younger players to give them more tournament experiences. She also praised Lin, comparing her to Feng Tianwei, because of their similar aggressive and energetic style of play. Lin hails from Funan, China and was talent-spotted in 2008. She became a Singaporean in 2013 and plays full-time.

And while Li just had a taste of her first Commonwealth Games, Ms Lee hopes she will be a key player at the next Games in Australia's Gold Coast come 2018.

"Certainly if she continues to work hard, we hope that she will be able to progress. In fact, immediately after the Commonwealth Games, I had a talk with Isabelle. I told her this is her very first Commonwealth Games, and we hope that in the next Commonwealth Games four years later, she can be a key player. And we expect her to play two singles matches in the Commonwealth Games, and the target is also for her to work towards a Top 50 world ranking." 

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