Fighting Hard, Fighting Well
Focus On Singapore’s Women Shuttlers
Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for SSC
By Cheong Wei Ming in Jakarta
It’s well said that, in sports, it’s not just the winning and losing but how the battle is fought. If so, then Singapore’s women shuttlers can hold their heads high despite losing to Thailand in the semi finals today (Nov 13).
Thailand 3, Singapore 0
In the encounter at the Istora Senayan Hall, Gu Juan started well for Singapore but eventually succumbed to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (21-13, 13-21, 10-21). The doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari fought hard though they had to bow out eventually to Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaekul (19-21, 21-19, 22-24). Fu Mingtian too did a good job. But her Thai opponent Ratchanok Intanon proved too strong in the end and she lost narrowly (19-21, 21-9, 16-21).
On her doubles match, Shinta said: “It was very close. We were fighting point for point but our side made some very simple mistakes.” Bobby Lee, CEO of Singapore Badminton Association, had some encouraging comments. “The team put up a good performance today but were unlucky,” he said. Team manager Chua Yong Joo added, “We prepared well for this tie. The Thais were slightly stronger than us but I felt we did reasonably well.”
The bronze-medallists at the previous SEA Games, the Republic’s women had earlier strolled past Myanmar 3-0. Gu Juan overpowered Khin Gone Yi Linn while fellow singles player Fu Mingtian and doubles pair Vanessa Neo and Chen Jiayun also won with ease.