Brunei Darussalam table tennis player Fiona Hii Wee Ting in action with her partner Abdul Wafi bin Suhardi in the mixed doubles under-21 event. – FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
BRUNEI Darussalam national junior gold medallist Fiona Hii Wee Ting did not expect her participation in the recently held Brunei National Junior Table Tennis Championship to end in glory after sitting out from training for two months ahead of the meet at the Menglait Sports Complex.
The reigning girls’ under 18-21 winner only attended training three times in preparation for the meet which attracted the country’s young players from under-13 to under-21 level.
“I didn’t expect myself to win this time because I skipped training for two months. Then, I came back for three training sessions for the tournament,” Fiona told the Bulletin.
Fiona won five straight events stretching from last year after completing a double in the girls’ under 18-21 and mixed doubles under-21 events, having already emerged victorious in the girls under-18 singles, girls under-18 doubles, under-18 mixed doubles.
“I did not expect to get gold and I did not keep my hopes high,” she said.
The national table tennis player, who boasted experience at a Southeast Asia Table Tennis Association (SEATTA) tournament, indicated that she was not back to her best.
“It is coming back (my play) but I wasn’t as good as I used to be. I wasn’t as fast and my reaction was a little bit slower,” said Fiona.
Asked on her thoughts about the performance in both of her finals, Fiona said, “My performance for the singles was okay. But for the mixed doubles, it was a bit hard.”
Meanwhile, under-13 winner Chin Fong Bin exacted redemption against his rival Felix Low Guo Zhang after avenging his final loss during the previous edition this year.
The newly crowned champion was not in full fitness during their meeting in last year’s final after sustaining a leg injury. He added that his final opponent was of the same strength as him when asked about the difficulty of playing him.
Chin also shared that he discovered a passion with the sport during his early days of picking up the racket.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin