Singapore paddlers on course for team gold medals
07 June, 2015
Loy Kheng Wee, Tracy Seow, Veronica Long and Pattarin Kusolpalin
Fresh from their victory over Laos yesterday, Singapore’s table tennis Men’s Team eased to consecutive wins against Malaysia and Myanmar in the Group A round robin matches. With three wins in the bag, the Men’s Team secured a spot in the semifinals, following the Women’s Team who made it through the day before.
The home crowd cheers as the Men’s Team made it to the semifinals. Photo credit: Tracy Seow/ SINGSOC
The other Group A match between Laos and Myanmar ended 3-1 to the Laotians. Laos led with two wins in a row, before Myanmar’s Naing Htoo Htoo took the third match against Phonepaseud Oliyavong. However, Lat Thet Ko Ko of Myanmar succumbed to Thavisack Phathaphone in the fourth, thus handing Laos the victory. In the final Group A match, Malaysia rounded up the evening with a 3-0 win against Laos, ensuring the second and last spot in the semifinals out of the group.
In Group B morning matches, the Cambodians were pitted against Vietnam, with the latter emerging as the winner with a clean sheet of 3-0. At the next court, the Philippines battled hard against Thailand as Richard Gonzales defeated Bikom Wongsiri in the first matchup, but Ryan Rodney Jacolo and Rodel Irineo Valle both fell to their Thai opponents P. Tanviriyavechakul and Chaisit Chaitat in the next matchups. With Thailand in the lead, it was up to the 44-year-old veteran Gonzales to level the score, but alas, he was overwhelmed by 19-year-old Tanviriyavechakul, allowing Thailand to clinch the win.
Veteran paddler Richard Gonzales of the Philippines. Photo credit: Randi Ang/ SINGSOC
The evening Group B matches saw Indonesia sealing their victory over Cambodia in just under an hour in straight matches. In the second matchup, Cambodia’s Saravey Nay sought medical attention for his nose, causing the match against Indonesia’s Gilang Maulana to be halted temporarily. The nosebleed appeared to have impacted his game, as he lost 0-11 to Maulana in the third set shortly after, and allowed Indonesia to comfortably proceed to tomorrow’s semifinals against Singapore. The final semifinal spot went to Vietnam, who despite a nail-biting third set between Dinh Quang Linh and Philippines’ Richard Gonzales, Nguyen returned in the fourth set to end the match in Vietnam’s favour.
Cambodia’s Saravey Nay seeking medical attention in his match against Indonesia’s Gilang Maulana. Photo credit: Tracy Seow/ SINGSOC
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