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The other semi final match , China Vs Hong Kong has started with China winning the first match. The winner will meet Singapore in the finals.

After the thriller match, its anyone's guess to predict who will win this one.

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Lol , Junction 8 in Bishan. They were great atmosphere there !

Really? That's great, for usually Singaporeans are apathetic about sports, especially when it involves foreign-born talent. :P

And speaking of that, I just discovered that the South Korean team is 33.33% Chinese too. Dang Ye Seo was from China and received her Korean citizenship last year.

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China easily won the match. China will now play Singapore in what can be billed as a David Vs Goth. match

Singapore took 5 games and 193 minutes to beat the South Koreans, while China took 3 games and just 52 minutes to beat Hong Kong. The statistics says alot!

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Tomorrow is the big day ! Will Singapore upset the home crowd for the women's team event ?

Anyway, the Koreans and the Japanese will be playing for the bronze medal of that event after beating Hong Kong & USA repectively. Germany was also made it to the final for the men's team event after beating Japan 2-3 . They will face the winner of the China Vs South Korea match which is starting in just a few minutes.

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The gold medal match between China and Singapore is well underway, and as just about everyone expects, things are looking good for China, who has already taken the first two games. We are now into the 3rd (and possibly last game), which is a doubles match. China has already taken the first point...now lets see what happens.

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We are now possibly into the final match. A win for China and its a Gold for them. Singapore will get the Silver, which I must repeat is Singapore's first Olympic medal since 1960!

Despite the odds, Singapore JIA YOU!! :P

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Great job indeed, and my....I get to see Singapore's flag rise in an Olympic venue, something none of us has seen in 48 long long years!

Hopefully, the momentum will carry on into the singles. Once again, well done to everyone, whether they won a medal or not!

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A great end to Singapore's 48 year medal drought ! Hopefully, they will win one in the singles !

Considering they came close in the singles events twice in both the 2000 and 2004 games, it may very well be a breakthrough this year. Singapore's medal hunt is certainly not over yet, and if luck would have it, we might be able to witness another historic moment in Singapore sport!

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The singles events has been underway for a few days now, and we have has some interesting things happening there.

In the women's events, I noticed with some amusement that the final 16 players are all ethnically East Asian. We have:

Austria

Li Qiangbing

China

Zhang Yining

Wang Nan

Guo Yue

Dominican Republic

Wu Xue

Hong Kong, China

Lin Ling

Tie Yana

Japan

Fukuhara Ai

Netherlands

Li Jie

Singapore

Feng Tianwei

Li Jiawei

South Korea

Kim Kyung-Ah

Park Mi-Young

United States

Wang Chen

Gao Jun

Out of the above 16, four beat their seeded opponents.

Eventually, the following made it into the last eight:

China

Zhang Yining

Wang Nan

Guo Yue

Dominican Republic

Wu Xue

Hong Kong, China

Tie Yana

Singapore

Feng Tianwei

Li Jiawei

United States

Wang Chen

Wu Xue? Yes Wu Xue! The only unseeded player to advance to the last eight! Congrats!

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We have also just seen the last 16 male single players to emerge from the competition venue, and what a surprise it has been for many. Five seeds fell to their opponents, including the 6th and 7th seeds. The nationality and ethnic backgrounds of these players are also distinctively far more diverse compared to the women's event:

Austria

Werner Schlager

Bulgaria

Vladimir Samsonov

China

Wang Hao

Wang Liqin

Ma Lin

Croatia

Zoran Primorac

Tan Ruiwu

Germany

Dimitrij Ovtcharov

Timo Boll

Greece

Kalinikos Kreanga

Hong Kong, China

Ko Lai Chak

Li Ching

Japan

Kan Yo

Singapore

Yang Zi

South Korea

Oh Sang Eun

Sweden

J├Ârgen Persson

Of these, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Werner Schlager and Oh Sang Eun nearly failed to advance, requiring seven games to beat their opponents.

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Alright half my posts ended up in the wrong place over at http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/index.php?...mp;#entry182041

The women's' singles quarter-finals are still on-going, and as I speak, Li Jiawei wins the match 3-1 over Wang Chen and proceeds to the semi-finals. The glittering medal is once again within her reach. Will history repeat itself and deny her that opportunity, or will she ignore past ghosts and make a personal triumph in her sporting career! We shall see tomorrow!

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And over at the other match between top seed Zhang Yining of China and 6th seed Feng Tianwei of Singapore, Feng is putting up a feisty display to hold Zhang as long as she could. Its their fifth game, and although Zhang has already taken three games with one more to go, its a narrow match at almost every step of the way. In fact, they are tied at 8-8 again now!

Go Singapore!

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Ah! And the "inevitable" happens. Zhang wins the fifth game 13-11. Although the final tally reads 4-1, check out the margins:

13-11; 12-14; 14-12; 12-10; 13-11. Every single game was won by the narrowest of margin, each pushed beyond the minimum 11 points needed to win the match.

Feng, you have done exceedingly well. You can smile again, just as the Singapore women's team smiled despite loosing to China in the team event finals, so much so that foreign journalist found it strange and asked why they smiled so brightly despite loosing!

Because you have done your best in the spirit of sports, just as all outstanding sportspeople do! Congratulations to you, and also for Zhang!

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The second and third guns of the Chinese table tennis machine are now blasting their opponents relentlessly. China's Guo Yue already took the first game 11-5 against surprise performer Wu Xue of the Dominican Republic. China's third seed Wang Nan effortlessly races ahead to a 9-3 lead over Hong Kong's Tie Yana.

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It was a magical run all the way to 14-14, but Guo Yue prevailed and took the last two games. Now this will be an interesting match to watch, much more interesting than the other match where Wang Nan easily took the first two games with Tie Yana never posing a real threat.

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