Sunday, May 30, 2010

Singapore makes world Table Tennis History !

Who says "impossible" dreams cannot ever come true? Banish those pessimistic thoughts from your mind. Dig them out and yes, throw them away. As they say, " nothing is impossible., the impossible takes a little longer, that's all! ".
Don't believe? You want PROOF?
Read the 2 breaking news reports I have included in full below. One is from CNA news online.
The other is from Straits Times breaking news online.

Our Singapore Women's Table Tennis team has just beaten MIGHTY CHINA, the reigning WORLD Table tennis Team Champions with a score of 3 - 1, in Moscow to be crowned the NEW WORLD CHAMPION!
I was having pleasant conversation over dinner with my family and grandkids after a nice swim at the club....when suddenly my daughter D3 received news of this historic happening on her Hp. She stopped and in a raised voice, almost like a yell..blurted out .." Hey..hey..hey! Singapore is now World Champion in Table Tennis!!! Wow! "
Me: " WHAT? Are you sure? "
D3: " Yes...that's what the message says! "

As soon as I arrived home later, I checked the news immediately as confirmed here.
Unk Dicko would like to SALUTE this " Never say die" Team of ours.
My warmest Congratulations to all our Singapore heroines who have scaled the Mt Everest of Table Tennis.
You and your coaches and other officials deserve our undying respect!
As far as table tennis and badminton are concerned, beating CHINA is almost similar to David overcoming Goliath the Giant.
Hopefully this great SUCCESS will spur other S'pore teams to dream the impossible dream as well.

Table Tennis:
Singapore women's team upset China to become world champs
By Savitha Narayanan
Posted: 30 May 2010 2026 hrs
Singapore team members gesture after the women's final match against China at the table tennis world team championships in Moscow.

Table Tennis: Singapore women's team upset China to become world champs

Singapore's trio Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei rocked the sports world in Moscow when they beat reigning champions and world No 1 China 3-1 in the World Team Table Tennis Championships. It was sweet revenge for the Singapore women's team, ranked No 2 in the world, after they lost in the 2008 final and the Olympic final to the Chinese.
China, powerhouses in the men's and women's game for so long, were left stunned by a confident display from the Singapore women. Feng, Singapore's world No 2, was the star of the team, after she beat China's world No 4, Ding Ning, in the first singles, before coming back to the table to clinch the winning point 3-2 against women's No 1, 19-year-old Liu Shiwen.
Earlier, Wang stunned Liu in the second singles, while Sun fell to Guo Yan, setting up Feng's epic finale as the Singapore women became the 2010 world table tennis champions.
Speaking after the victory, Singapore Team Manager Eddy Tay said the girls had a strong belief that they could beat China this time. He said: "A lot of times, when we met them in the finals we lost 3-0, 3-1. But we kept telling them (Singapore players) that one day, we should be able to beat them....So, during the training, we kept drilling this into them - to have this mindset that we're able to beat them, because we felt that without Zhang Yining, it's one of the best chance to win them. "A lot of times, some of them, when they meet China players, they tend to feel that there's a gap between them. If you watch today's match, you can see that Tianwei was even trailing in the first match. She was fighting for every point. "That makes a difference, because....(in) Tianwei, you see the fighting spirit, and when she won the match, it really gave a lot of confidence to Yuegu going into the second match. She has also never beaten that China girl before. "So I think that makes a lot of difference, because suddenly, they felt that, hey, the past doesn't count, that although we have lost so many, many matches, it's like a fresh start."
Eddy also described the team's reactions immediately after the win.
He said: "When we came out, all of us were in tears and they were lost for words. They couldn't believe (they won)....especially Tianwei. She aspires to be the world champion. I think she's done it, at the age of 24, and what's there more to say. I think this is a lifetime thing that will stay with you, and Singapore created history, because in 19 years, no one has beaten them (China)."

Singapore bt China 3-1
Feng Tianwei (SIN) bt Ding Ning (CHN) 3-2 (8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9)
Wang Yuegu (SIN) bt Liu Shiwen (CHN) 3-1 (11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10)
Guo Yan (CHN) bt Sun Bei Bei (SIN) 3-1 (6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6)
Feng Tianwei (SIN) bt Liu Shiwen (CHN) 3-2 (11-7, 14-16, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7)

The team will arrive back in Singapore on Monday night on an Emirates flight. They are scheduled to land at Changi's Terminal 1 at 9pm. - CNA/ir

Straits Times, Singapore
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May 30, 2010
We're table tennis champs!

The Republic's team of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei stunned mighty China 3-1 in the final of the World Team Table Tennis Championships.


SINGAPORE lifted its first table tennis world title in Moscow on Sunday night.
The Republic's team of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei stunned mighty China 3-1 in the final of the World Team Table Tennis Championships.
Feng shrugged off a poor start against Ding Ning to give Singapore the lead. She beat the Chinese 8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9. Wang Yuegu then doubled the advantage for Singapore when she upset world No.1 Liu Shiwen 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10.
However, Sun Bei Bei was unable to wrap the title up for Singapore when she surrendered to Guo Yan in four sets, losing 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 6-11.
That set the stage for the mouth-watering clash between Feng, the world's second-ranked player, and Liu.
Liu, 19, fought tooth and nail to keep her nation's title hopes alive. But a tenacious Feng eventually prevailed, winning 11-7, 14-16, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 to give Singapore the winning point and end China's 17-year stranglehold on the title.

For a point by point Dramatic account of the battles, for sheer nerve-wrecking reading..for this unbelievable, unforgettable historic WIN, one of the greatest upsets in sporting on this link below.

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