China reigns over table tennis singles
Table tennis athletes from China reigned supreme after their success in reaching an all-Chinese final in the men’s and women’s single events of the 18th Asian Games at the JIExpo, Kemayoran, Jakarta, on Saturday.
Cheng Meng beat Korea’s (KOR) Jeon Jihee 4-0 and Fan Zhendong beat Lee Sangsu 4-1 to reach the final. Their semifinal compatriot Wang Manyu subdued Yu Mengyu of Singapore 4-1 and Lin Gaoyuan defeated Alamiyan Daronkolaei Noshad of IR Iran 4-0.
In the women’s semifinal, Wang Manyu overcame Yu Mengyu by recording 11-7, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11 and 11-7. Wang’s strong strokes and long rallies exhausted Yu Mengyu, who had faced tough opponents in the two previous matches.
In the fifth set, Wang finished the game 11-7 within seven minutes, whereas Yu only managed to equalize the standing at 4-4 for a while.
Singapore’s table tennis president Ellen Lee Geck Hoon said she was satisfied with the bronze in the women’s single, especially given the capabilities of the Chinese and Korean players.
“Wang was fast and Yu had difficulty keeping up. They had met earlier but China were indeed better,” said Ellen, adding that Yu had an injury and was weary while the 18-year-old Wang was still relatively fresh in the competition.
In the other men’s semifinal, Lin Gaoyuan trounced Alamiyan by scoring 12-10, 11-7, 11-6 and 11-2. Left-handed Lin had good service and variation, with Alamiyan failing to return several times. Their rallies were applauded, with Lin scoring the majority of points.
Iran’s table tennis coach Lotfollah Nasabi Jamil said Alamiyan had a good performance and did everything he was supposed to.
“Lin was better and stronger,” added Lotfollah, who claimed to be satisfied with Iran’s two bronze medals in men’s team and single events.
Alamiyan said he was very happy to contribute a medal in the men’s singles. “I’m presenting this medal to my wife,” said the world’s 40th ranked table tennis athlete.
Editor: Tasrief Tarmizi
AG Media and PR in cooperation with The Jakarta Post