The Table Tennis A’ Division Boys and Girls Teams successfully progressed into the Top 6 of the National Championships with 4-1 and 5-0 wins over NYJC and MJC respectively.
The boys’ team’s title credentials were put to a test as they faced off with the strongest school in their round robin group. NYJC was determined to give the boys’ team a run for their money and indeed they proved to be tough opposition as HCI took close to 2 hours before prevailing as winners.
The first singles featured Zhang Sai pitting against NYJC’s best player. Given Zhang Sai’s natural flair, it did not take long before he claimed a straight sets victory over his opponent. The first doubles marked the return of duo pair Leonard Leong and David Wong after their rest in the second round. Despite losing the first game, the pair kept their cool and went on to win the set 3-1.
The third singles witnessed Lim Jie Yan clinch a convincing straight sets victory over his opponent. Jie Yan showed no intention of giving his opponent a chance to dictate the game and has once again proved his worth as an ASEAN Youth Champion.
The second doubles saw Yap Chun Kai and Kenneth Ler taking on the NYJC pairing. Despite claiming a confident 11-7 victory in the first game, the NYJC opponents proved much more aggressive, determined and accurate in their shots today as they silenced the HC camp by turning the tables to win 3-1. In the last singles, Leong Yun Hao showed his mental strength and consistent all- rounded play as he disposed his stubborn opponent 3-2.
The girl's match was a one- sided affair as they thrashed their opponents 5-0 in slightly less than an hour. May Tan took on the reign of playing the third singles today as she powered past her opponent 11-2, 11-0, 11-5 while the doubles pair of Melissa Ho and Jodie Foo celebrated their debut match by winning their clash in straight sets. The other matches featured Kwa Hui Qi, Delfina Kee and Ong Yi Ling, all who had won 3:0 while Liauw Wan Ling fended off her second singles opposition 3:1.
The top 6 round robin will feature the A Boys’ matching up against JJC and RJC while the A Girls’ will meet TPJC and ACJC. The going gets tougher as HCTT moves closer to their double champions goal. Do give them your utmost support in their upcoming matches!