Singapore’s PRC-born table tennis athlete Feng Tianwei (World Number 4) was eliminated from the SEA Games women’s singles after suffering a shock 3-1 loss to Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
Coming on the back of teammate Isabelle Li’s earlier loss in the singles competition, Singapore will not be represented in the semi-finals of the Singles event. Any lingering hopes of Singapore getting a clean sweep of 7 table tennis goals were eliminated.
After the game, Feng had this to say about her sub-par performance:
“I didn’t play my normal game today and made too many mistakes so that affected me. I was a bit surprised by my opponent and she played very well.”
After this shocking loss, perhaps it is time to re-examine Singapore’s past strategy of buying success and instead focus on developing our own native talents. Since it appears that even our foreign-born athletes are unable to assure Singapore a “confirmed” SEA Games gold medal after the millions spent on developing and nurturing these foreign athletes.