THE national women’s table tennis team settled for the bronze medal after failing to beat Thailand to a place in the final at the Klang Plaza Jomsurang Department Store in Korat yesterday.
They were beaten 2-3 by the hosts in the semi-finals. As expected, defending champions Singapore cruised into a playoff for the gold medal against the Thais, after they beat Vietnam 3-0.
Vietnam also went home with a bronze as there is no playoff for third place.
Singapore went on to retain the gold when they beat Thailand 3-0. Their men’s team made it a golden double by defeating the hosts with an identical scoreline.
Malaysia started off badly to trail 0-1 when Chiu Soon Jinn lost 5-11, 7-11, 7-11 to Nanthana Konwong in the first match.
National number one Beh Lee Wei levelled the tie, downing Anisara Muangsuk 11-7, 11-13, 12-14, 11-8, 11-5 and Ng Sock Khim put Malaysia 2-1 up with a 14-12,11-9, 7-11, 7-11, 12-10 win over Suttilix Rattanapr.
However, it all fell apart for Malaysia in the next two matches. Lee Wei lost 11-9, 12-14, 9-11, 9-11 to Nanthana Konwong and Soo Jinn crashed to a 7-11, 5-11, 5-11 defeat by Anisara.
“It was close and could have gone either way. I feel that the team put up a good performance,” said team manager Soong Poh Wah.
In the men’s competition, Malaysia failed to qualify for the semi-finals after losing 0-3 to Indonesia in their final Group B match on Tuesday. They had beaten Laos and Myanmar 3-0 but lost to Vietnam 0-3.
The competition takes a break today and the individual event starts tomorrow.