Table tennis: women’s S’pore from Grand Smash; coach says they ‘exceeded expectations’


SINGAPORE — Singapore’s nine paddlers may have left the World Table Tennis Singapore Smash 2022 on day four on Monday, March 14, but the performances of their young players gave Women’s National Coach Hao Anlin reassurance that their efforts reconstruction are on the right track.

With veteran world No. 9 Feng Tianwei and No. 24 Yu Mengyu nearing retirement, players like Lin Ye and Zeng Jian – who are 26 and 25 respectively – are expected to join a younger generation of native-born paddlers. Singapore.

Hao told the Straits Times he was pleased with his charges’ performance at the event, saying they exceeded expectations.

Among the standout performers at the Singapore Smash was world No. 180 Goi Rui Xuan, 21, who stunned Chinese Taipei’s No. 60 Cheng Hsien-tzu in the Women’s Singles Round of 64 before losing to Japanese world 6th Hina Hayata in the next match. round.

“We learned a lot of things (like techniques and how to deal with nerves), especially because a lot of the best players in the world are here, so for us it’s a huge gain,” said Hao, head coach. since 2017.

“We now face a period in the national team where the younger generation is stepping up, so we have plenty of room to help them develop.

“With players like Lin Ye, Zeng Jian and the younger ones coming, I hope they will have more opportunities to play and gain experience and ideas so they can improve quickly.”

Day four of the US$2 million (S$2.7 million) tournament saw world No. 71 Zeng face Chinese world No. 2 and Olympic singles champion Chen Meng in the women’s singles round of 16.

The 25-year-old won the first set 11-7 but in the end the skill gap proved too big as Zeng succumbed 3-1 (7-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 ) to Chen.

She said: “I had to be more aggressive at the start of each point to have a chance, but his ability is still much stronger than mine.

“There was still a lot to learn because she’s so good, so whether it’s from her techniques or my own skills, I can learn from there and adapt accordingly.”

Zeng and Lin Ye previously lost to Luxembourgers Ni Xia Lian and Sarah De Nutte 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-7) in women’s doubles, while teammates Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru achieved a good battle against India’s world No. 6 pair Archana Girish Kamath and Manika Batra before losing 3-2 (11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5).

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