13 Jan 2019

Quarter-finalist at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Pang Yew En Koen emerged the most the successful player at the Singapore National Championships, as ten days of action concluded on Sunday 13th January; the day being reserved only for the finals of the individual events.

Underlining his undoubted talent, the 16 year old completed a clean sweep of available titles.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

He started the day by partnering Wong Xinru to mixed doubles success, the pair accounting for Pang Xue Jie and Zhang Wanling in five games (11-4, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-7) to seal title.

A short break, in harness with Ethan Poh Shao Feng, the men’s doubles title was secured at the expense of the combination formed by Dominic Koh Song Jun and Lucas Tan; a straight games victory was recorded (11-8, 11-8, 11-6).

Ellen Lee alongside the mixed doubles medallists (left to right) Zhang Wanling, Pang Xuejie, Wong Xinru, Pang Yew En Koen, Eunice Lim, Dominic Koh Jun, Josh Chua Shao Han and Tan En Hui (Photo: courtesy of Singapore Table Tennis Association)


Two titles secured; the third came in the contest that brought the tournament to a conclusion.

Pang Yew En Koen beat Josh Chua Shao Han (11-5, 11-7, 14-12, 11-4) to reserve the top step of the men’s singles podium.

The men’s singles podium (left to right) Josh Chua Shao Han, Pang Yew En Koen, Pang Xuejie and Lucas Tan with Ellen Lee (Photo: courtesy of Singapore Table Tennis Association)


Success for youth, it was the same in the women’s doubles final but not in the women’s singles deciding contest.

Both 13 years old Zhou Jingyi and Ser Linqian combined to secure the women’s doubles title beating the 17 year olds Wong Xinru and Goi Ruixuan (11-8, 11-8, 11-6). Meanwhile, Yu Mengyu, now 29 years old, accounted for 23 year old Lin Ye (12-10, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9) to be crowned the women’s singles champion.

Thumbs up from Ellen Lee alongside the men’s doubles medallists (left to right) Dominic Koh Sang Jun, Lucas Tan, Ethan Poh Shao Feng, Pang Yew En Koen, Jodh Chua Shao Han, Gerald Yu Zong Jun, Chia Jun Yuen and Shi Kexun (Photo: courtesy of Singapore Table Tennis Association)


Young players were very much in evidence; most notably Nicholas Tan, 12 years old, a member of the Junior Development Squad, impressed. He received cheques amounting to S$6,800.00 (US$5,000.00); made possible thanks to the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s Competition and Training Subsidy initiative alongside the Youth Development Bursary. The financial support is to assist with both practising overseas and competing in international tournaments.

A total prize fund of S$13,800.00 (US$8,000.00), Ellen Lee JP, PBM, the President of the Singapore Table Tennis presented the awards.

Nicholas Tan (left) receives cheques to from (right) Ellen Lee to help promote his career (Photo: courtesy of Singapore Table Tennis Association)


Roll of Honour

Men’s Singles: 1. Pang Yew En Koen 2. Josh Chua Shao Han 3. Lucas Tan & Pang Xue Jie

Women’s Singles: 1. Yu Meng Yu 2. Lin Ye 3. Eunice Lim Zoe & Goi Rui Xuan

Men’s Doubles: 1. Pang Yew En Koen / Ethan Poh Shao Feng 2. Dominic Koh Song Jun / Lucas Tan 3. Josh Chua Shao Han / Gerald Yu Zong Jun & Chia Jun Yuen / Shi Kexun

Women’s Doubles: 1. Ser Lin Qian / Zhou Jingyi 2. Goi Rui Xuan / Wong Xinru 3. Tan En Hui / Zhang Wanling & Pearlyn Koh Kai Xin / Jassy Tan Li Lin

Mixed Doubles: 1. Pang Yew En Koen / Wong Xin Ru 2. Pang Xue Jie / Zhang Wanling 3. Dominic Koh Song Jun Dominic / Eunice Lim Zoe & Josh Chua Shao Han / Tan En Hui

Medallists and officials at the close of proceedings (Photo: courtesy of Singapore Table Tennis Association)


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