Table tennis: Singaporeans Feng Tianwei and Koen Pang withdraw from World C’ships, Sport News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – After losing to South Korean Suh Hyo, he won 4-3 (9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11) In the last 32 games at the World Table Tennis Championships on Thursday (November 25), Singaporean Feng Tianwei is in reset mode.

The world No.11 felt she could have beaten Suh, ranked 11 below her, in Houston, but complained about her inability to turn the tide in the final game.

This is the first time that Feng has failed to reach the round of 16 in women’s singles in the biennial competition. In the last edition, she qualified for the round of 16, while she reached the quarter-finals in the five previous tournaments.

Still, she told the Straits Times that there were a few bright spots: “I thought I played pretty well and had the chance to win today. It was a shame I couldn’t win when I did. had the head.

“For my next competition, I hope to be able to adjust my mentality and start from scratch.”

Even at 35, Feng continues to learn, and she has taken some positives from her time in Texas, claiming that it has allowed her to be exposed to different styles of play, which she usually doesn’t enjoy during the year. ‘coaching. She has been based in Japan since the pandemic.

Feng coach He Keyi said, “Every competition is an opportunity to show what you have trained for and also to learn.

“It’s important to keep improving and finding new ways to play. We will do our best every time.”

Also stressing the importance of learning from a defeat, Singapore’s world No.161 Koen Pang, who lost to his idol, German world No.11 Timo Boll, 4-0 (11-4, 11- 7, 11-5, 11 -5) in the round of 32 in the men’s singles.

The 19-year-old said: “He’s very experienced and could control the game better, so I couldn’t really play my game.

“But I hope I can study how he controlled the game against me and maybe I can use it against other people next time.”

Although his men’s singles race was over, Pang was still happy with his performance in the previous laps. He beat Brazil’s 38th Gustavo Tsuboi 4-2 in the round of 16 and defeated Italy’s 163rd Leonardo Mutti 4-1 in the first round.

Pang, who was only able to train once a week while doing his national service, said: “The results of this competition really encourage me because it shows that I can actually play against some of the players. top ranked. “

The SEA Games gold medalist is also involved in the mixed doubles later on Friday (early Saturday morning Singapore time) with his partner Lin Ye. The Republic’s world No. 68 pair will face Taiwanese world No. 2 duo Lin Yun-ju and Cheng I-ching.

They are the last Singaporean athletes in action at the championships.

69th-ranked women’s doubles pair Goi Rui Xuan and Wong Xin Ru lost 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-0) to world No.18 of Germany Sabine Winter and Nina Mittelham in the round of 16. Thursday.


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