Singapore's ladies clinch table tennis final place
29 July 2002
New Zealand pushed into bronze medal position by strong Singapore.
Li Jia Wei helped Singapore come through a tough match against New Zealand to clinch place in the women's team final.
New Zealand No 1 Li Chunli had levelled the match at 2-2 with a terrific five-game victory over Commonwealth and Singapore No 1 Li Jia Wei.
It was then up to the unranked Tracey Mclauchlan to take the deciding fifth set against Commonwealth and Singapore No 2 Jing Jun Hong.
Singapore went on to take the match 3-2, and will go on to play either Australia or Canada in the final.
Mcloughlan was in buoyant mood after her team took the bronze medal: “It feels pretty good. We’ve got great team members. At the Commonwealth Championships last year we won bronze, so we thought we had a chance.”
The long-awaited meeting between the two No 1s lived up to its billing. Li lost the first game 6-11, but won the next 11-8. Chunli took the third 11-8 and Li the fourth 14-12.
New Zealand coach Simeon Cairns was equally pleased with the team’s efforts. “We are rapped with bronze. That was the aim and we knew we had a realistic chance of doing that.”