Singapore women paddlers celebrate historical win at Moscow worlds

08:56, May 31, 2010      

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Singaporean table tennis team memebers hold the trophy during the awarding ceremony at the 50th World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow, capital of Russia, on May 30, 2010. Singapore defeated China 3-1 in the women's final. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)

With heartfelt tears and proud smiles, Singapore women players embraced their historical victory in the table tennis world team championship by beating China at the 50th TT worlds here on Sunday.

The team, composed of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Beibei, defeated the Chinese trio of Ding Ning, Liu Shiwen and Guo Yan in the final 3-1, ending the Chinese team's 20-year unbeatable legend in women events.

This was the first time for Singapore to win the Corbillon Cup as well as a world championship.

Feng, the powerful paddler, kept a big smile during the interview after the match.

"What I want to do most is to thank my coach, and to share the joy of victory with my mom," the young player said, "The win is surely a great encouragement for me, building me more confidence for the 2012 London Olympics."

Unlike the happiest Feng, 30-year-old Wang couldn't hold back her tears.

"The hard earned success means a lot to me at my age. I played table tennis for years in different countries, and paid much to the sports. Here I want to thank my family, who support me all these years," she said.

The Singapore's head coach Zhou Shusen told the media that he was actually worried about Feng's first match at the beginning.

"If Feng Tianwei lost the first match, our team would have no chance to win at all. The victory over China is definitely a historical breakthrough," he noted.

"Although Feng Tianwei has played the game for seven years, and Wang Yuegu 10 years, I still think our players are young. They still need to play hard for their beloved sports," the coach added.



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