SINGAPORE: Malaysia will return home from the Singapore SEA Games with more table tennis medals this time round.
This is after both the women and men’s teams checked into the semi-finals – which guarantee a bronze.
The women’s team, headed by Ng Sock Khim, recovered from a 3-0 defeat by Thailand on Saturday to beat Indonesia 3-1 in their final Group B match on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Sock Khim once again played a key role for the team by winning two matches.
She first defeated Kharisma Nur Hawwa 11-5, 11-7, 11-9, before returning to beat Gustin Dwijayanti 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 for the winning point.
Malaysia had briefly led 2-0 after Lee Rou You battled hard to defeat Gustin 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10 before Indonesia pulled one back through Lilis Indriani, who beat Ho Ying 11-6, 11-6, 11-6.
Malaysia will meet hosts and favourites Singapore in the last four while Thailand take on Vietnam.
In the men’s event, Malaysia recovered from a 3-0 drubbing by Singapore in the morning to beat Cambodia 3-0 in Group A and secure a place in the last four.
Malaysia already have a silver from Sock Khim in the singles and a bronze from Ho Ying-Rou You in the doubles.
Add the two bronze in the team events, Malaysia will return with four medals – which is one more than the three bronze won in Myanmar two years ago.
The Star Online