Feng Tianwei is currently ranked no. 4 in the world and was also amongst the world’s top 2 players. She won the Singapore’s first Olympic singles medal since the 1960 summer olympics. The paddler represented her country globally and because of her, the first time Singapore won two medals at an Olympic games.Dedicated, strong-willed and highly skilled Feng recently showed a great gameplay in T2Apac match. Feng played against Thai Suthasini Sawettabut and won royally. She was very much focused when playing as it was a tough match for her. She had lost to Suthasini at the 2015 edition in Singapore and failed to qualify for the women’s singles semi-finals.
The match was challenging for both the players and their chances of winning were even. Every game was tight but Feng played well at critical junctures and she’s both content and happy with her performance.
The newly-formed T2Apac competition features four six-member teams playing each other in a round-robin format over six rounds. It deviates from the sport’s traditional rules in several ways.There is no deuce and instead of best-of-five or best-of-seven games, the T2Apac adopts a time-based format and players try to win as many games during each 24-minute singles match.The umpire can call for a “kill zone” game if there are less than two minutes left and a new game has yet to start. The first player to score five points clinches the “kill zone” game.
Feng’s performance was even appreciated by her opponent. World No. 57 Suthasini said- “Feng played very well. Before, when I played with her at the SEA Games, she was not so good, but she was much better today.”
After the huge success in this match, Feng is all set to play in the KL games as it’ll be her first appearance at the biennial competition since parting ways with the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) last October. The player had a successful season as she also captured her 10th International Table Tennis Federation singles title at the Korean open.
We wish Feng Tianwei a lot of success and wish to see more of her in the upcoming games. More power to her.