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Commonwealth Games: Paddlers set up all-Singapore women's final

Singapore are assured of a gold and silver in the women's singles of the table tennis competition. The men's doubles event will also see a Singapore team competing for gold. 

GLASGOW: Singapore is assured of a gold and silver in the women's singles table tennis event. Defending champ Feng Tianwei will take on fellow Singaporean Yu Mengyu, after the two paddlers won their respective semi-final duels.

In the semi-finals, top seed Feng was up against compatriot Lin Ye. Feng had a narrow 13-11 win for the first game, but Lin bounced back to take the second game 11-9. But the more experienced Feng went on to clinch the next three games 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 for a 4-1 overall victory.

Awaiting her in the finals will be team-mate Yu Mengyu. Yu, the second seed, defeated her Australian opponent Lay Jian Fang in four straight games - 11-3, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 - in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, Singapore's men's doubles pair is also through to the finals in Glasgow. The pair of Gao Ning and Li Hu took 30 minutes to despatch the English duo of Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford 13-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-8.

Gao and Li next take on India in the finals. The Indian pair of S K Achanta and Anthony Arputharaj swept past the other Singaporean duo, Yang Zi and Zhan Jian, in three straight games, winning 11-7, 12-10 and 11-3.

The women’s singles final will be at 1.45am and the men’s doubles final will be 3.30am on Saturday morning (Singapore time).

Feng however, failed to make it to the mixed doubles final as she and partner Zhan fell to England's Liam Pitchford and Ho Tin Tin 3-2.
 

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