22 Feb 2018

Present in 2011 in Magdeburg and two years later in Guangzhou, once again on Thursday 22nd February at the 2018 ITTF Team World Cup, Jian Fang Lay was on duty in the green and yellow colours of Australia.

She was beaten by Cheng I-Ching in the contest against Chinese Taipei but she did pose questions; a four games reverse being the order of the day (11-3, 11-4, 3-11, 11-6). The defeat came after colleagues Parleen Kaur and Melissa Tapper had experienced doubles defeat at the hands of Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tu (11-5, 11-4, 11-6) and before Chen Szu returned to the table to end matters by overcoming Melissa Tapper (11-5, 11-2, 11-6).

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Now 44 years old, a mother of two boys, aged 16 years and 13 years, Jian Fang Lay has been representing Australia since 1995; in London she is the most senior player on duty but still enjoys the challenge of competition.

She explained:

“With table tennis I just want to enjoy myself and have fun. I am not playing under any pressure having featured at five Olympic Games for Australia and winning seven medals at the Commonwealth Games.

For me table tennis is life and I will continue to play as long as I remain unbeatable in my country. It is when I am beaten that I will quit; for now I remain the number one female player in Australia. Apart from this, my presence in the team is vital because the younger players need my experience.

I don’t think I could continue playing without the support of my family. My husband in particular has been very supportive and he has always been there with me in all the Olympic Games since I made my debut at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

I must confess that it is not easy doing sport and taking care of the home but I am lucky to have such a lovely and understanding husband who helps out.

The basic thing for any table tennis player is to have a strong foundation and good basics, such a player also needs international exposure that will boost his or her confidence when playing at top level.”

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