SINGAPORE – The Republic took a big step towards reclaiming the Commonwealth Games table tennis women’s team gold after sweeping Australia 3-0 in the semi-finals on Sunday (July 31).
They will face either Wales or Malaysia – the other semi-final result was unavailable at press time – in Monday’s final at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
The shock exit of defending champions India, at the hands of Malaysia on Saturday, meant Australia were arguably the Republic’s biggest threat remaining.
But world No. 16 Feng Tianwei and her teammates rarely looked troubled despite facing opponents who were using pimpled bats that create more spin variety, sealing the country’s six straight appearance in the final for this event.
Zeng Jian, 25, and Zhou Jingyi, 17, gave four-time champions Singapore the perfect start as they beat Lay Jian Fang, 49, and 35-year-old Jee Min-hyung 3-1 (11-3,…