09 Jun 2018

Listed in fifth spot on the recently published Under 15 Girls’ World Rankings is Singapore’s Zhou Jingyi; at 13 years of age she is the youngest in the top ten names.

Talented, undoubtedly but one reason for the fact that she has climbed five places is the system that has been organised in the city state.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Zhou Jingyi attends the Singapore Sports Secondary School and is part of the School-Within-A-School programme, organised under the leadership of Tan Teck Hock, the Principal

Pupils receive training in the day and attend academic classes in the evenings; a system which is proving successful and is supported by Ellen Lee Geck Hoon, JP, PBM, the President of the Singapore Table Tennis Association.

“I am so proud of Zhou Jingyi for reaching a world ranking of no.5. I would like to encourage Jingyi to train harder and we hope that Jingyi will one day be a part of the National Women’s Team to attain greater achievements and make Singapore proud. The achievements further attest that the Singapore Table Tennis Association is on the right path of grooming our high potential talents into world-class athletes.” Ellen Lee Geck Hoon, JP, PBM

A right handed shake-hands grip player, Zhou Jingyi won the Girls’ Singles title at the 2017 ITTF World Hopes Week and Challenge in Luxembourg, having earlier emerged victorious in the Girls’ Singles event at the South East Asia Regional Hopes Week and the 2017 Asia Hopes Follow Up Camp and Challenge.

“The Singapore Sports School has nurtured more than 16 national table tennis representatives since its inception in 2004. We have a strong partnership with the Singapore Table Tennis Association. We will endeavour to strengthen the pipeline of sport talent for Team Singapore. My heartiest congratulations to Jingyi for her remarkable progress.” Tan Teck Hock

Furthermore, in May 2017 Zhou Jingyi win the Hopes Girls’ Singles event at the 2017 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open.

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