Victorian Institute of Sport

Aussie's let down in table tennis bronze medal match

Monday, 09 April 2018

Milly Tapper and Jian Fang Lay were yesterday left disappointed after they were defeated in the women’s team table tennis bronze medal match to England. 

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One of Australia’s main chances at a Commonwealth Games medal in table tennis, the Women’s Team have lost the bronze medal match, going down to England 3-1. Having lost their semifinal to Singapore in the morning, the Australian side were still feeling confident in defending their bronze medal from Glasgow 2014.

It was a long and grueling match over two and a half hours, with some very close games contested by both sides. Dual Olympian/Paralympian Melissa Tapper began the match with a defeat 3-2, but the highlight of the team event today was match two, Australia’s Jian Fang Lay taking on Kelly Sibley. While a loss for Australia began that match, game two had spectators on the edge of their seats as a point-on-point showdown began, resulting in a 21-19 win to Lay. Lay was able to win the match, however when it came to the doubles, her and Miao Miao were unable to cement another defeat. 

Miao Miao took centre stage at the court for the fourth and final match, with another tense nail-biting showdown. The final result for that match was 3-2.

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