Fang Lay secures sole World Championships singles victory
1 June 2017
TABLE TENNIS: Jian Fang Lay secured Australia’s only win in the main draw of the singles competition at the Table Tennis World Championships overnight in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Lay, one of only three Australian women to have competed at five Olympic Games, defeated India’s Madhurika Paktar 4-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7) in the round of 128.
She then did well to take a set off world number five Meng Chen of China before going down 4-1 (7-11, 11-9, 3-11, 5-11, 5-11).
Fang Lay was the only Australian to make it through to the main draw of the singles competitions.
David Powell, Heming Hu and Kane Townsend all competed in the men’s group qualification and were all just a single win off from progressing, while Sarah Tan lost both her group matches.
Townsend went on to win a doubles preliminary match with Michael Tauber of Israel before the duo were knocked out.
He then combined with Tan in the mixed doubles with the duo going down 4-3 (11-3,8-11,4-11,6-11,11-4,11-2,11-2) in a tight encounter with Szandra Pergel and Peter Nagy of Hungary.