CWG2018: Singapore grabs silver and bronze in women’s table tennis singles
14 April 2018
By Yaocheng Lee
Our Team Singapore paddlers put up a good fight in the women’s singles taking home two medals for the event
Singapore added another two medals to their 2018 Commonwealth Games tally on Saturday as paddlers Yu Mengyu and Feng Tianwei won a silver and bronze medal respectively in the women’s singles event.
Mengyu claimed her second silver medal for this Commonwealth Games after falling to India’s Manika Batra 7-11, 6-11, 2-11, 7-11 in the finals.
"I was leading 6-1 and Batra changed her tactics. If I had changed my tactics at the point, it could have been a different outcome,” said Mengyu.
"The first game was crucial. If I had dominated the first set, I could have controlled the whole match. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity."
Her teammate, Feng Tianwei, who won the title in the 2014 edition of the Games, triumphed over Canada’s Zhang Mo 11-2, 11-7, 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3 in a thrilling bronze medal match to take third place. After dictating the tempo of the first two games, Tianwei lost control of the match temporarily when her opponent changed her strategy.
"At the start of the third game, my opponent became more aggressive.” The veteran paddler lost the third and fourth games before getting back in the fifth game. "It was 5-5 in game five, I knew I had to win it to secure the medal. So some changes were made to my game which yielded a positive outcome.”
The world number four clearly had higher expectations for herself though, and will use this experience as a stepping stone to reach her goal of an Olympic title.
“To win bronze today is something different, so I will have to work harder to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.”
As our athletes progress into the last day of the Commonwealth Games tomorrow, do stay tuned to catch our TeamSG paddlers battling it out in their final events on www.toggle.sg/cwg2018 and follow our Team Singapore Facebook page for exclusive updates!