APG2017: Paddler Yu Guang falls in group stage defeat
20 September 2017
Matthew Mohan/ AFP-Services
It was a tough day at the Games for Team Singapore's Mu Yu Guang as he fell 3-11, 7-11, 3-11 to Thailand's Chalermpong Punpoo in the Men's singles SM 6-7 on Wednesday.
Team Singapore's Mu Yu Guang (foreground) went down 3-11, 7-11, 3-11 to Thailand's Chalermpong Punpoo. Photo: Sport Singapore
This was the second loss of the day for the Singaporean, as he had combined with Harrison Gan in the men's team class 10 round robin earlier on.
The pair were edged out 3-1 by Vietnam's Bui Quy Thu and Hyunh Thanh.
In the individual event, the 48-year-old found the going difficult against his opponent in the first set as the Thai's attacking prowess shone through.
While Yu Guang started well in the second set and took the first two points, Chalermpoong found his rhythm and a series of top-spin smashes put him back in front.
Yu Guang will play his next match on Thursday against Malaysian Chia Yow Kong. Photo: Sport Singapore
It was the same story in the third and final set as the Thai pressed the advantage and pushed a variety of shots around the table to cement the win.
Yu Guang will play his next match on Thursday against Malaysian Chia Yow Kong.
But there was also cause for cheer as Singapore snagged a bronze medal in the team class five round robin.
The team of Muhammad Dinie Asyraf Bin Huzaini, Eugene Soh, Lim Min-Chieh and Eric Ting edged out their Malaysian opponents 3-2, and that commendable effort earned them a third place finish.