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Table Tennis: S'pore women's team get bronze after 0-3 loss to China

Singapore's women paddlers settled for the bronze after losing 0-3 to favourites China in the semi-finals of the table tennis World Team Championships in Tokyo.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's women paddlers settled for the bronze after losing 0-3 to favourites China in the semi-finals of the table tennis World Team Championships in Tokyo.

Singapore's top-ranked female paddler, Feng Tianwei, started brightly, winning her first game 11-8 against Li Xiaoxia.

But the Chinese world number three proved too strong, coming back to win 11-8, 11-5, 11-7.

World number two Ding Ning beat Yu Mengyu 11-6, 11-3, 11-6, while Zhu Yuling overcame Isabelle Siyun Li 11-4, 11-7, 11-7.

Despite the whitewash, Eddy Tay, high-performance manager at the Singapore Table Tennis Association, said there was no shame in losing to the favourites.

"Apart from Feng Tianwei, who gave a good fight, I think this shows that there's still quite a big gap between us and China,” he said.

“Tianwei, Mengyu and even Isabelle have shown a lot of improvement in this World Championships, but we need more people to come up. With only Feng Tianwei and Mengyu, the team is too lean, so hopefully more youngsters will step up." 

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