BIRMINGHAM – Malaysia pulled off a sensational upset in the Commonwealth Games table tennis women’s team quarter-finals when they eliminated defending champions India 3-2 on Saturday (July 30).
Amid cries of “Malaysia boleh” from their compatriots in the stands, 556th-ranked Ho Ying was the heroine as she kept her nerve to beat world No. 111 Reeth Tennison 3-2 (10-12, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9) before collapsing to the ground in tears as her team-mates mobbed her.
It capped a marathon match spanning 31/2 hours as the momentum swung back and forth dramatically at Hall 3 of the National Exhibition Centre.
Karen Lyne and Alice Chang had given the Malaysians the lead when they beat Sreeja Akula and Tennison 3-1 (11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6) but Manika Batra levelled the overall scores when she beat Ho 3-2 (11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3).
India then went ahead when Akula beat Chang 3-0 (11-6,…