Commonwealth Games: Redemption for Singapore as paddlers Feng, Yu clinch doubles gold

Commonwealth Games: Redemption for Singapore as paddlers Feng, Yu clinch doubles gold

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 Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu pose with their gold medals. (Photo: Reuters) 

GOLD COAST: Singapore's table tennis pair Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu put aside their disappointment at losing in the team event final to India last Sunday by clinching gold in the doubles category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Feng and Yu stormed to victory in Friday's (Apr 13) doubles final by thrashing India's Manika Batra and Mouma Das 3-0. 

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Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu in action at the 2018 women's doubles final. (Photo: Reuters) 

The Singapore pair beat their opponents 11-5, 11-4 and 11-5 in under 30 minutes to win Singapore's first table tennis gold medal in this edition of the Commonwealth Games. 

Singapore started the game brightly, racing to a 4-0 lead in the first set before their opponents could register a point. 

Feng and Yu, who are top seeds in the tournament, were in control throughout the final, only falling behind once in the opening serve of the third set.  

Speaking to oktoSports after the victory, Feng said: "I'm really happy. It's been tough for the team over the last few days because we've been losing. This win will boost our confidence for tomorrow's (singles) matches."

"Our opponents did not cause too much problems for us. It was smooth sailing," she added. 

Yu told oktoSports that her gold medal felt like it was "coated with honey". 

"I'm elated, look at my smile," she said with a wide grin. "I think we both did a great job today. We started running on the court and we played really smoothly." 

Feng and Yu will feature in the women's singles semi-finals, and possible finals, on Saturday (Apr 14). 

Source: CNA/am