Date: Nov 26, 2019
By: Grant Dexter / Staff reporter, with CNA
Taiwan’s Lin Yun-ju was outclassed in the final of the men’s singles at the T2 Diamond Singapore tabletennis tournament, losing in straight games to Xu Xin of China on Sunday.
Xu won 11-9, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 and while Lin showed some fight, he was forced to stay on the defensive throughout the match as he struggled to keep pace with his opponent’s array of attacking shots.
Despite starting with a service error, Xu generally held a one or two-point lead through the first game. Lin tied it at 9-9, but the Chinese player won the next two points to seize the initiative.
Lin took a 3-0 lead in the second game, but gave that up with a string of errors. A big rally saw Lin send Xu well back, giving the Taiwanese an opening to smash a winner, but more errors let Xu run away 11-5 to give him firm control of the match. [FULL STORY]