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Singapore Smash Pushes Paddlers Through Top 100 Barrier

Singapore Grand Smash, WTT Youth Contender Antalya, WTT Youth Contender Wladyslawowo, WTT Youth Contender Berlin

12 of our finest paddlers, namely Beh Kun Ting, Clarence Chew Zhe Yu, Chloe Lai, Goi Rui Xuan, Izaac Quek Yong, Loy Ming Ying, Janissa Cheng, Koen Pang Yew En, Ser Lin Qian, Wong Xin Ru, Zhang Wanling and Zhou Jingyi represented Singapore in the Singapore Grand Smash which took place from 7 to 19 March 2023.

Alumnus Koen Pang and Izaac Quek Yong in particular took Singapore by storm with their outstanding results.

Izzac, who is only 16, is the first Singaporean to make it to the round of 16. He stunned his higher-ranked opponents on the road towards the round of 16. He beat India’s World No. 51 Sharath Kamal Achanta 11-4, 11-6, 12-10, who is double his age and was more than 150 places above him in rank then. At the next stage, Izaac scored his biggest career win against World No. 36 Mattias Falck from Sweden. He earned a spot in the Round of 16 after an impressive 3-2 win. In the round of 16, Izaac gave his all against World No.3 Wang Chuqin from China before he bowed out from the competition. He shared, “All I was telling myself was to just think about the skills, not about winning or losing. Just give it my all". His train of thought worked as he leaped 141 spots to secure the 100th spot in Men’s Singles ranking.

SEA Games medalist Koen had one draw, then flawlessly defeated World No.44 Nicholas Lum from Australia but was unfortunately defeated by Germany’s world No. 9 Qiu Dang. He jumped 33 spots to the 98th spot.

The pair did well in the Men’s Doubles events as well. They defeated compatriots, 47th-ranked Ethan Poh and Clarence Chew, before losing to the eventual champions – the World No.2 pairing Fan Zhendong and Wang in the round of 16. This improved their ranking by 126 spots to the 74th spot.

After the Singapore Grand Smash, Izaac and Koen broke into the Top 100, making them the first local-born players to reach top 100 in the international table tennis Men’s Singles ranking.

WTT Youth Contender

Izaac kept up his fine form when he flew for the WTT Youth Contender Antalya. He claimed the top spot in the Under-17 and Under-19 Boys’ Singles events. He added another gold medal when paired with alumna Zhou Jingyi in the Under-19 Mixed Doubles. Jingyi held her own and emerged as champion in the Under-19 Girls’ Singles. Ser Lin Qian was the other medallist, scoring bronze in the Under-17 Girls’ Singles.

Secondary 1 paddler, Loy Ming Ying, has been making waves at the WTT Youth Contender Series. From 27 March to 2 April, Ming Ying was crowned the Under-13 Girls' Singles champion twice in Wladyslawowo and Berlin. She also clinched a bronze in the Under-15 Girls' Singles event in Wladyslawowo.

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