(From left to right) Yu Mengyu, Sun Bei Bei, Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei pose with the Marcel Corbillon Cup at Changi Airport after returning from their World Team Championship triumph in Moscow. (Photo courtesy of the Singapore Sports Council)
Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 30, 2010 — The Singapore trio of Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu and Sun Bei Bei felled table tennis giants China 3-1 at the World Team Table Tennis Championships final to emerge as the new world champions.
The Singapore women’s team, which also comprises of Li Jiawei and Yu Mengyu, is ranked second in the world after China. They had raced to an early 2-0 lead in the final. In the opening singles match, Feng rallied from two sets down to win the next three sets to beat China’s world number 4, Ding Ning.
Wang then followed up with a four-set victory over Liu Shiwen. However, in the third match, Sun Bei Bei lost to Guo Yan to set up Feng’s epic showdown with Liu Shiwen, the world number 1.
Although Liu had already lost one match in this fixture to Wang Yuegu, she would have still fancied her chances against Feng. The pair have had three previous meetings in world ranking events and Liu had won in all those encounters, the most recent of which came in March 2010 in the Volkswagen Cup final in Guangzhou.
Feng, the world number 2, nevertheless overcame the odds to emerge as the star of the show, beating her nemesis in another five-setter to win Singapore’s maiden World Team Table Tennis Championship.
Women’s Team Final
Singapore 3-1 China
Feng Tianwei (SIN) beat Ding Ning (CHN) 8-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9
Wang Yuegu (SIN) beat Liu Shiwen (CHN) 11-7, 11-8, 2-11, 12-10
Sun Bei Bei (SIN) lost to Guo Yan (CHN) 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 6-11
Feng Tianwei (SIN) beat Liu Shiwen (CHN) 11-7, 14-16, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7
For Singapore’s results enroute to the final, go to next page