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LIEBHERR 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships
Singapore, the second seeds, secured top place in their group in the Women’s event at the LIEBHERR World Team Championships in Dortmund, by overcoming the Netherlands on the morning of Wednesday 28th March 2012.
Hitherto the two unbeaten teams in Group B, the reigning World champions beat the reigning European champions.
Once again, Zhu Sushen, the Singapore Women’s Team coach, guided his charges safely to shore.
Video Interview: Zhu Sushen
Victory was secured by three matches to one.
Two Fine Wins
Singapore appeared to be en route for the perfect start in the fixture, as in the first match, Feng Tianwei established a two games to nil lead against Li Jiao.
The powerful attacking play of the right handed shake hands grip player proved too strong from the left hand penhold style exploited by Li Jiao. The Netherlands’ player is very traditional, she uses one side of the racket only and is very much the expert in the art of service and receive.
It was that skill which came to the fore as the match progress; she won the third game and then proceeded to secure the next two, to give the Netherlands a somewhat unexpected advantage.
Success for the Netherlands; it meant that the reigning champions were under intense pressure.
The next contest, with the benefit of hindsight, proved crucial.
Wang Yuegu Answers the Call
Wang Yuegu, usually very competent against defensive play, was tested by Li Jie; the Singaporean was not at her best but the will to win saw her home and dry.
She prevailed in five hard fought games (8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5) to level the score in the fixture.
There was a sigh of relief in south east Asia; sport is about “ifs” and “buts” but what if Netherlands had moved ahead two-nil?
One can only wonder and the thought certainly flashed through the mind of Zhu Shusen.
The win recorded by Wang Yuegu settled Singaporean nerves. Li Jiawei beat Linda Creemers (11-6, 11-5, 11-3) and Feng Tianwei overcame Li Jie (10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8) to bring matters to a conclusion.
Singapore leads the group with a maximum eight points, with the Netherlands and DPR Korea level in second place with seven points; each has three wins and one defeat against their name.
Success for DPR Korea
DPR Korea, who suffered their one and only defeat on the second day of action when losing to Singapore, hit form against Turkey on the fourth morning of action.
The trio of Kim Jong, Ri Myong Sun and Kim Hye Song recorded a three-nil win over the Turkish outfot comprising Gokencur Gungor, Fulya Yildrim and Ipek Karahan.
Meanwhile, Sweden moves into fourth place in the group with six points following their close three-two success against Chinese Taipei.
Star of the show for Sweden was Matilda Ekholm; she beat both Huang Yi-Hua (16-14, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11) and in the concluding match of the duel, Cheng I-Ching (9-11, 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4).
The one further success for Sweden came from Daniela Moskovits; in the fourth match of the fixture, she accounted for Huang Yi-Hua (4-11, 11-9, 4-11, 13-11, 11-9); the wins for Chinese Taipei came from Cheng I-Ching in opposition to Daniela Moskovits (11-8, 11-7, 11-7) and from Chen Szu-Yu against Jennifer Jonsson (11-3, 11-9, 11-9).
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