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Injuries behind him, Yang Zi's looking forward
He had not played a singles match for so long — eight months to be exact — that he does not even have a world ranking now.
At last year’s World Table Tennis Championships in Japan, he lost all but one of his matches even though the Singapore men’s team came in fifth for their best finish, and looked out of sorts and out of shape.
But, after edging out Clarence Chew 4-3 (6-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9) in a thrilling National Grand Finale men’s singles final at the Lee Kong Chian Toa Payoh Table Tennis Training Hall yesterday, a fitter former Singapore No. 1 Yang Zi told The New Paper that his injury woes are behind him.
“You are not going to see a new Yang Zi, hopefully you will see the old one,” quipped the 30-year-old, who was ranked as high as world No. 21 in 2008.
Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 19.
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