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Table tennis: Feng Tianwei beats Zeng Jian in all-Singapore women's singles final at Commonwealth Games

Top seed Feng Tianwei came from three sets down to beat her compatriot Zeng Jian in the final.

Table tennis: Feng Tianwei beats Zeng Jian in all-Singapore women's singles final at Commonwealth Games

Singapore's Feng Tianwei after receiving the gold medal in the table tennis women's singles event at the Commonwealth Games on Aug 7, 2022. (Photo: AP/Aijaz Rahi)

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Feng Tianwei beat compatriot Zeng Jian to take home the gold medal on Sunday (Aug 7) in the table tennis women's singles event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

World number 16 Feng Tianwei came back from three sets down to beat Zeng 4-3 in the all-Singapore final.

Zeng started the match stronger, taking the first set 11-6. She then raced to a lead in the second set before claiming it 11-5.

In the third set, Feng put up a valiant fight, but world number 60 Zeng proved too strong and won it 11-8.

Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Zeng Jian faced each other in the table tennis women's singles event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Aug 7, 2022. (Photo: Commonwealth Games Singapore/Andy Chua)

With her back against the wall, Feng started the fourth set strongly and claimed it 11-4, before taking the fifth set 11-6 and the sixth set 11-8.

In a tense opening to the deciding set, the pair were closely matched before Feng prevailed 11-5.

As the Singapore national anthem played in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, Feng could not hold back her tears. She waved at fans before making a heart shape with her arms.

Singapore was assured of both the gold and silver medals at the event after both Feng and Zeng won their respective semi-final matches on Saturday

Shortly after their singles match, Feng and Zeng paired up for the women's doubles semi-finals. They defeated Wales' Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey 3-2 (11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3) to take Singapore into the final.

In the final, Feng and Zeng will meet Australia's Jee Minhyung and Lay Jian Fang, who defeated Singaporean pair Wong Xin Ru and Zhou Jingyi 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-3) in the second semi-final.

In the day's other match, Singapore's Clarence Chew and Ethan Poh beat Australia's Nicholas Lum and Finn Luu 3-1 (11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5) to take home the bronze medal in the men's doubles.

Chew and Zeng then wrapped up the day's action with another bronze medal win for Singapore after defeating Lum and Jee 3-1 (11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 14-12) in the mixed doubles.

Singapore now has two gold medals, four silver medals and four bronze medals at the Games.

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Source: CNA/lk/ec
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