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Semi-finalists Singapore on song in ping-pong singles

03 August 2002

Singapore continue their fine vein of form in the women’s table tennis competitions.

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Li Jia Wei booked her place in the women's single final this evening, but not without a titanic six game struggle.

Singapore were guaranteed a final spot tonight, making up three of the semi-finalists, but it was Li who got the better of compatriot Tan Paey Fern Sharon, the final score being; 11-8, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5.

Li Jia Wei commented on the difficulties encountered when facing a teammate: “We train together and know each other’s styles so I was more relaxed than I would have been if I was playing another country. It was a funny feeling of course not having our coach on the side giving individual support.”

New Zealand’s Li Chunli beat Jing Jun Hong, preventing an all Singapore final.

New Zealand coach Simeon Cairns talking later about the Kiwi’s plans for the final: “We talk about plans, but she makes the final decision. We thought the Singapore girl would try more things. But she didn’t. You could see on her face in the first set that she was disrupted.”

“We’d planned on this win since the training camp in China in April. It’s my birthday today and I told her she had to give me a win for my present, and she did.”

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