As the latest world ranking was released yesterday by the International Table Tennis Federation, Singapore Women Team's hopes of winning two medals in the London Olympics has been put in danger.
As for the Singaporean Table Tennis Association, this result actually came as no surprise. "We know both of them will not be among the top four seeds in London, but fortunately they are in the top eight because the difference of the eighth and the ninth seed is quite big." STTA's Zheng Hancong said.
Feng Tianwei reached the Women Singles semifinals in the Japan Open last month and got the runner up in the Brazil Open. Eventually, she advance from the tenth place to the 8th spot. At the same time, for the first time in four months, Feng Tianwei exceeded her teammate Wang Yuegu in the rankings, making herself the leading Singaporean player in the world.
The Singaporean Team is actually aware of the challenges that they need to face due to the decrease in the rankings. However, they still believe that anything can happen now that China only has two players in the competition.
"This seeding is really not ideal for us, but starting this season, each team can only send two players in the Singles for the first time, so the Chinese Team will only have two players. The pressure should be greater this time but anything can happen and we do not have anything to lose." Zheng Hancong added.
Indeed, anything can happen! Who would have expected Feng Tianwei can lead the Singaporean Team into the championship title in Moscow, two years ago? Check the video of that epic victory below!
Feng Tianwei vs Ding Ning 2010 Moscow
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