Singapore men and women win SEA table tennis titles

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Singaporeans won both the men's and women's singles gold medals at the first VOV Southeast Asian Table Tennis Championships that ended in Hai Duong Province on Sunday.

The 19th-ranked Singaporean Gao Ning proved superior to Vietnam's Dinh Quang Linh, easily beating him 11-4, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 in the final match.

In the semifinals, Gao Ning had lost the first two sets 7-11, 9-11 to Phan Huy Hoang of Vietnam, but fought back to book his place in the final, winning the last three sets 15-13, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8.

The other men's singles semifinal match was played between two Vietnamese players Dinh Quang Linh and Tran Tuan Quynh.

Teammates in the national squad, both played an attacking game with Linh prevailing 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-13, 8-11, 11-3 , 11- 9.

In the women's singles final match, Singapore's Yu Meng Yu, ranked 17th in the world, thrashed Thailand's number one Nathana Komwong in straight sets 14-12, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7.

The event was co-organized by the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and Vietnam Table Tennis Federation. The contest has been made an official annual competition in Southeast Asia.

This year's two-day event, which was participated in by 26 leading table tennis players from Vietnam and six from Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, offered a total cash prize of US$17,000, with the men's and women's singles winners taking US$3,000 each.

The competition is seen as a chance for players to prepare for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China from November 12-27.

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