Match Report: Table Tennis

A’ Div Girls: HCI 4:1 TJC

On the 8th of April 2009, our A’ Div Table Tennis Girls’ Team managed to defeat TJC; the last opponents standing in their way before the semis commences.

Kwa Hui Qi played the first singles for Hwa Chong, against the top player of TJC. Up against a member of a former China provincial team, she just could not find any loophole in her game, losing the match 0:3.

Next up was the first doubles played by May Tan and Han Yushi. Under immerse pressure, the pair showed their immerse determination to win the game, saving 2 match points in the last game to win the match 3:2.

Now on a more even footing, Delfina Kee kept the momentum and swept her opponent off her feet with a swift 3:0 victory.The 2nd doubles by Wang Xun and Evelyn Koh and the last singles by Liauw Wan Ling met no resistance, with both matches ending in a one sided 3:0 victory.

A’ Div Boys: HCI 3:2 RJC

The 9th of April 2009 was a day of ups and downs for the A’ Div Table Tennis Boys’ Team. Facing a pre-final encounter with defending champions RIJC, our A div boys emerged victorious. Leong Yun Hao was set to play the vanguard of HC’s lineup. Set with the task of winning the opening game, Yun Hao entered the match with some pressure, causing him to start off shakily. However, he quickly fell back into his usual all-round tactical play to take the first game. Executing high level counter-offensive forehand drives in the next 2 games; Yun Hao prevailed 3:0, proving his credentials as one of the nation’s U18 top 10 players.

Yap Chun Kai and Kenneth Ler then played the 1st doubles. The pair faced their strongest doubles opponent since the start of the season, playing a very long and tough game. In a tense and engaging encounter, the HC pair was unable to break down their opponents in the last set despite leading twice in the match, eventually going down 2:3. The 2nd singles then featured Zhang Sai playing against another national training team player from RI(JC) who was determined to give Zhang Sai a run for his money. Zhang Sai kept up his ferocious yet steady play, but was unable to stop the opponent from breaking his perfect score streak, winning the match 3:1.

The 2nd doubles was played by HC’s J2 pair, Leonard Leong and David Wong. They started off the game confidently, but the RI(JC) pair defended with great determination. Our doubles could not seem to break the opponents’ game, losing the match 3:1.

There was frisson in the air in the “tiebreaker” of the encounter as Lim Jie Yan faced off against Bob Teo, arguably the best player in the RI(JC)’s camp. With tension mounting at this critical point in time, Jie Yan kept his cool and composure, dispatching his opponent in straight sets, including a seven-point winning streak from 4-8 down in the 2nd set.

With this important victory, the A’ Boys have a slight mental advantage over the defending champions. They will face off with NJC in the semi- finals this coming Monday, 13th April.