Singapore August 17th, 2008
Singapore is playing against China for the gold medal in table tennis for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Today, there are going to be 2 singles, then a double and then 2 singles as China plays against Singapore in Wang Nan vs. Tianwei Feng, Zhang Yining vs. Li Jiawei, Guo Yue/Zhang Yining vs. Yue Gu Wang/ Li Jiawei, Wang Nan vs. Yue Gu Wang and Guo Yue vs. Yianwei Feng. The crowd in the Peking University Gymnasium is fantastic as the crowd warms up to the games with cheers. Singapore’s HD5, I heard, will probably delay the telecast a little as our Prime Minister delivers his National Day Rally Live too. For those who wants to tune in Live, do catch it at Starhub’s Channel 605.
7:34pm: The game starts and after 13 rounds, Singapore’s Feng is currently leading 8-5 against China’s Wang, world No. 5.
7:37pm: Time out now and the game continues as Singapore leads with a game point at 10-8 against China. This is indeed one of the most exciting matches as now Singapore lost 1 point to lead 10-9 against China.
7:39pm: Singapore’s Feng wins the first round with 11-9 against China’s Wang. This is indeed unexpected as Singapore takes the lead in the first round of the Singles.
7:40pm: China takes a 2-0 lead in the second round as Singapore misses 1 and serves another long. 3-0 as Feng serves another long.
7:42pm: 6-0 as Feng kept serving longs against China’s Wang. There’s indeed a lot of pressure by just looking at how the players stump their feet. 6-1 as Wang served a long and 7-1 as Feng served another long. 8-1 now as Feng netted the ball. 8-2 as Wang netted the ball. 8-3 as Wang netted the ball again as Feng draws a smile on her face. It’s really an impressive battle. Feng served a long and trails 9-3. Ouch!
7:45pm: 10-3 and 11-3 as China wins the second round of the first Singles.
7:46pm: The 3rd round of the Singles started with China getting 1-0 against Singapore as Feng longed the ball, followed by 1-1 as Wang longed the second ball. 2-1 for China as Singapore longed the next ball. 3-1 for China as Singapore failed to receive the serve from China’s Wang. 3-2 now as Wang netted the ball. Both sides are under huge amount of pressure as Feng’s swing back hand failed to control the ball giving a 4-2 lead to China. 5-2 now as there’s too much spin, sending the ball off the table. 6-2 for China with a clearly upset Feng from Singapore.
7:50pm: Feng netted the ball to give China a 7-2 lead. 7-3 as Wang netted the ball. 8-3 as Feng longed the ball. Driving shots on the table as China now leads with 8-4 and 8-5 as China gave a long to Singapore’s Feng. This is indeed one of the fastest game I have ever watched so far. The strokes and backhands were indeed magnificent and beautiful.
7:53pm: From the game so far now, it seemed like China is bent on winning the gold medal. As pressure builds on China’s Wang, Singapore trails with a 8-6 score. Singapore missed again to get a 9-6 as China spinned the ball. China longed the ball to lead with 9-7. It’s just 1 more point to match point now. Singapore served and netted the ball, giving China a game point at 10-7. However, it’s not done and dusted as China longed the next ball, giving the score a 10-8 lead. Still game-point for China. Finally, Singapore lost as Feng served a long to China. 2-1 now as China takes the game to the next round.
7:57pm: Wang Nan is now in the groove as the audience.
7:58pm: Game started with Wang netting the all. 1-0 for Singapore but not for long as Singapore served a long to give China a 1-1 equalizer. Singapore then netted the ball to give China a 2-1 lead. Wang is looking more and more composed as the match goes. Singapore then served an attack that China failed to return to give Singapore a 2-2. China then netted the ball to give Singapore a 3-2 lead. Singapore netted the next ball to give China a 3-3 score. Wang then gave an attack that Feng failed to receive. 4-3 for China.
8:01pm: Singapore’s Feng hit the ball way too high up to give China a 5-3 lead and she’s badly in need of a strategy to beat Wang. Another long from Feng gave China’s Wang a 6-3 lead. China then served a long to give Singapore a closer margin at 6-4. It’s obvious that the pressure is on Feng. A little touch of the net on the next serve and it’s incredibly tense. Singapore then served a long to give China a 7-4 lead as Feng shook her head. She doesn’t seem to know how to control the game as it is a mix of defence and attach. 8-4 as Singapore served another long. China served a long to give Singapore an 8-4 margin. 3 more points to bring China to game point. 2 points more as Singapore netted the ball. 9-4 now. Another long from Singapore sent the game to a 10-4 game point for China.
8:05pm: Feng attacked and Wang failed to return. 10-5 for China now. Pressure building up. 10-6 now and finally 11-6 as Feng longed the ball. China now leads 1-0 against Singapore in table tennis. 9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 for Singapore’s first Singles Feng vs. China’s Wang Nan.
8:09pm: Singapore’s Li Jiawei played at the age of 6 came to Singapore at the age of 18 and celebrated her birthday on 9th August 2008, a day after the Olympics opening. She will be playing against China’s Zhang Yining, world No. 1.
8:11pm: Zhang netted 2 balls to give Singapore a 2-0 lead but smacked to give Singapore a run in 2-1. Zhang failed to receive the next ball to give 3-1 to Singapore. 4-1 as Zhang longed the next ball. 5-1 as Zhang failed to receive the next ball wall. 5-2 as Singapore longed the next ball. Zhang smacked the next ball to give Singapore a 5-3 margin. China then longed the next ball for 6-3 to Singapore. Singapore then longed the next ball to give China a closer margin at 6-4. China longed again to widen the margin at 7-4. Singapore netted the ball to give China a closer margin at 7-5. China failed to clear the next at 8-5. China longed the ball to give Singapore a 9-5 lead.
8:16pm Game point to Jiawei with 1 10-5. 10-6 as Li netted the ball, and 10-7 with another net-hit ball. 10-8 as Jiawei longed another ball. She was 5 points in the lead at game point and she’s now left with just a 2 points advantage. Li Jiawei is really under a great test while Zhang is just doing a job with great confidence. Singapore netted the next ball and is left with 10-9. Lastly, Singapore won the game with 11-9 as Zhang longed the next ball. If Singapore failed to win this round, it would have been mayhem here! Haha…
8:20pm: The game this far had been heart pounding and jaw dropping. The court is so quiet that anyone can just hear a needle drop! The game started again as China longed to give Singapore a 1-0 lead. Singapore netted the next one to equalize on 1-1. Singapore then longed the ball to give China a 2-1 lead. Now 3-1 as Singapore longed. 4-1 as Singapore flew the ball out of the court. 5-1 as Singapore failed to clear the net. The speed at which they are going puts the Boeing planes a shame. China then longed to give Singapore a closer margin at 5-2. Singapore longed to give China a 6-2 lead. Zhang Yining is called a quiet assassin because she’s so unassuming. Singapore longed again at 7-2 but China longed to give Singapore a 7-3 margin. Singapore longed again to give China an 8-3 lead. Singapore failed to clear the net to give China a closer sniff of game point at 9-3. One more point for China to game point. Singapore then longed the next ball to give China a game point lead at 10-3. Singapore finally flew the ball to let China win at 11-3.
8:26pm The game leveled to 1-1 as China wins the second round of the game as Zhang Yining equalizes with Li Jiawei. The 3rd game commences with Singapore serving. Singapore failed to clear the net to give China the first score at 1-0. Singapore went on a long rally with China but failed to return an extremely far ball to give China a 2-0 lead. 2-1 as China failed to clear the net. China long to give Singapore a 2-2 equalizer. Singapore longed the ball with an aggressive stroke to give China a 3-2 lead. China failed to clear the next ball to give Singapore 3-3. Singapore longed the next ball to trail at 4-3. Then Singapore failed to catch the next one to give China a wider margin at 5-3. Singapore longed at 6-3 as Jiawei seemed to be unable to handle long balls. Net. 6-3. Singapore longed the next one as China leads with 7-3. Long again as China leads with 8-3. Singapore sent the ball off the table after a long rally at high speed and intensity. 9-3 for China, but you can’t possibly ask for more. 10-3 as Singapore longed the ball. Game point to Zhang Yining of China. China then longed the next game to give the game a 10-4 score. Just 1 point for China. Net. 10-4. Singapore finally failed to clear the net to give the game a 11-4 score. 2-1 for China for this Single’s game, Singapore Li Jiawei vs. China’s Zhang Yining. As the game plays in slow motion, you can see Zhang’s tongue sticking out on the right corner.
8:35pm: 4th game as Singapore trails 1-0. China then failed to receive the ball to give the game a 1-1 followed by a long to give Singapore a 2-1 lead. Will this be the last game?
8:36pm: China hit the net – another free ball for Singapore. A moment of wonder as Singapore leads with 3-1. Singapore longed the next ball. 3-2, and 3-3 as Singapore longed another ball. Net and out and it’s 3-4 to Singapore. China failed to receive to give Singapore a 4-4 equalizer. China then gave a corner that Singapore can’t receive. 4-5. Zhang’s a magician! Singapore then netted the next ball to trail at 4-6. Quiet. Singapore served but longed to give China a lead at 4-7. This is a wide gap indeed but slim chance. China smacked the next ball which Li failed to receive. 4-8 to Singapore. 4-9 as Singapore longed the next ball with a heavy spin. China longed the next ball to give Singapore a 5-9 score. Just 1 point more for game point. Miracle?
8:41pm: 6-9 to Singapore as China longed. Time out for China. Wow! The game is simply incredible. Everything that Jiawei serves is returned from China with interest. Back from break as the court silences. Jiawei bounces the ball and serves! China netted the ball to give Singapore a closer margin at 7-9. The break didn’t seem to help, however, China served a corner to give China a match-point at 7-10. Finally, the ball was sent flying at 7-11 as Singapore failed to receive the ball properly. 9-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 for the next Singles as China leads with 2-0 in Singapore’s bid for the gold medal against China in Beijing 2008 Olympics.
8:46pm: You are with Jean from Simply Jean as she blogs LIVE for the Singapore vs. China Beijing 2008 Olympics table tennis game. The mascot is now out – and we all know that he is out when they suspect that the game will end too soon. Jingling is the name of the panda mascot as she dances to the music at the Peking University gymnasium. On the score board now, Guo Yue/Zhang Yining vs. Yue Gu Wang/ Li Jiawei for the next game which is the first doubles. If China wins this game, Singapore goes home with the silver medal.
8:50pm: Sounds of Zhong Guo Jia You can be heard in the gymnasium as the audience raises to the occasion. Who says that the Chinese needs to be told what to do? Heh. In the practice now, some Singapore fans are cheering on the Singapore team. The Umpire for the next game is Sonja Hubety. The Chinese team certainly looks very happy now. Will this game seal the fate for Singapore? Stay tuned!
8:52pm: During the practice session now, Singapore kept dropping the ball. It will be sensational if Singapore does win this round. The game starts as China flies the ball to give Singapore a 1-0 lead. A new ball is going to be used as they test out the ball. A defensive backhand sends the ball out of the table to give Singapore a 2-0 lead. A netted ball from China gives Singapore a 3-0 lead and a second time to give Singapore a 4-0 lead. It does seem like China always seem to lose the first game but wins the rest. Singapore then failed to served over and then hit the net to give China 2 points at 4-2. Singapore then longed to give China a closer margin at 4-3. Singapore then picked up a point at 5-3 as China failed to receive the ball. Singapore then longed the next ball to give China a closer margin at 5-4. Jiawei then smacked the ball to give Singapore a 6-4 lead as China failed to receive the ball properly. Singapore then longed the ball and the score stands at 6-5. Singapore longed again to give China an equalizer at 6-6. One wonders if this will indeed be the last game. China netted the ball to give Singapore a lead at 7-6. China then longed at 8-6. Long rally but Singapore longed the ball at 8-7. 3 more points for Singapore. Will they make it?
8:58pm: Singapore then longed again to give China a 0 margin at 8-8. Singapore finally failed to receive the ball to give China a lead at 8-9 for Singapore. 8-10 game point for China as Singapore longed the next ball. Singapore finally longed the ball to end the game at 8-11. If this goes on, then it’s just 2 more games for China before it’s gold medal time. It’s indeed an exciting game here!
9:00pm: It’s been a fantastic game so far. 0-1 as Singapore served and lost the ball. 0-2 as Singapore dropped the ball. Singapore then failed to cross net at 0-3 and failed to receive at 0-4. Singapore called for time out now as the audience cheered for China. 1 minute allowed for the time out. Singapore beat the South Koreans at 3-2 and Nederlands at 3-0 as well as the USA. However, this is unlikely to be repeated here tonight. Singapore serves and China longed the ball to break Singapore’s egg at 1-4. Jiawei failed to receive the ball as Singapore slips into 1-5. The audience can be heard cheering for the Singapore team as Wang longed the next ball at 1-6. Wang longed the next ball as Singapore slips further into 1-7. Guo netted the ball to give Singapore 2-7. Guo failed to receive the ball properly as Singapore creeps up at 3-7. 3-8 to Singapore as they netted the ball. 3-9 to Singapore as Wang longed the ball again. Jiawei smacked the ball against Guo to bring the game up to 4-9. 5-9 as Singapore served a corner ball. However, Jiawei longed the next ball as China goes into game point at 10-5. 11-5 as Singapore’s Wang longed and failed to bring the ball in properly at their opponent’s table.
9:07pm: If Singapore loses the next game, China will walk away with a gold while Singapore settles for a silver. The game started and China failed to clear the net to give Singapore a 1-0 lead. China then failed to clear the net to give Singapore another point at 2-0. China then served a ball to emptiness at the opponent’s table to give themselves 1 point at 2-1. Singapore serves and within 2 rounds failed to clear the net to give China a 2-2 equalizer. Jiawei then sent the ball flying to bring the score to 2-3. Singapore longed again as the score slips to 2-4. Singapore’s Wang then hit the net but the ball got through. 3-4 there. China then failed to receive at 4-4. 4-5 as Wang failed to receive. Jiawei hit the net at 4-6. China then longed to close the margin for Singapore at 5-6. Singapore can definitely do with more points. China then longed against at 6-6. Equalizer for Singapore! But not for long, I guess. Is the floor too slippery?
9:12pm: Comments was that China was dripping to much perspiration as the floor was mopped. Wang failed to clear the net as Singapore slips to 6-7. Singapore’s Wang sent the ball flying at 6-8. Exciting moment here! Wang serves! And after 2 rounds, longed the ball to bring the score to 6-9. China needs just 2 more points. Jiawei longed the ball as the game goes into game point. 6-10. 2 more minutes to China’s gold medal!
9:14pm: 11-8, 11-5, 10-6 so far for this doubles. China needs just 1 more point to win the gold medal. Gold medal point here. China serves! And Singapore’s Jiawei longed the ball! China wins the gold medal! But Singapore seems just as happy with their silver medal! Congratulations to China for achieving the gold medal and to Singapore for the silver medal. It’s celebration time here at Peking University Gymnasium. 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 for the doubles as China wins 3-0 against Singapore. The announcer declares China as the winner of the Women’s Team Table Tennis. The games of Wang Nan vs. Yue Gu Wang and Guo Yue vs. Tianwei Feng never had to take place as China already wins 3 games out of the 5.
9:19pm: Minutes to the Table Tennis Team Women Victory Ceremony, or the medal presentation ceremony, now as the crowd cheers to the win. Hmm… the minutes seem to be taking longer than usual as the mascot cartoons are being played on the big screen.
9:28pm: The ceremony begins. The table tennis players are welcomed into the gymnasium as the presentation party marches into the court. Cheers can be heard as the teams walks in and is ushered by the presentation party who are wearing blue sleeveless cheongsams. Too bad no cameras with me here else it will be a good moment to catch. Mr Ng Ser Miang, IOC committee member is there to witness and perhaps present the medals to the winners. China comes in first while Singapore is second for the silver. The South Koreans smashed the Japanese this afternoon to come in 3rd for the bronze medal. The Koreans walk up to the podium to receive their medals. Dang, Park and Kim are being given the medals as they are each also given a bouquet of flowers. This is the first time that table tennis is competed as a team event. The Singapore team walked one round to shake hands with the Koreans as Jiawei, Feng and Wang are being present the medals. Flowers are also being presented to the players. China is announced and they walked round to shake the hands of the Koreans and Singaporeans before going up the podium to receive the medals. Wang Nan, Guo Yue and Zhang Yining receives their medals as flowers are presented to them. They then turn and waves to the crowd. The team is indeed adored by the crowd. Now, everyone stands at attention as the national anthem of China is being played. The flag is also being raised while the anthem is played. Guo Yue bites onto the gold medal as they pose for a photo taking session. Zhang then throws her flowers to the crowd as they walk out of the gymnasium.
9:39pm: We hope you have enjoyed the live blogging so far. This is indeed a rare moment for Singapore. Let’s hope for another medal at their next Olympic match!