Table tennis celebrate

TEAM Fiji table tennis players had reasons to celebrate as the Commonwealth Games 2018 continued yesterday at the Oxenford Studios, at Gold Coast in Australia.

First, 13-year-old Yat Sen Secondary School student Vicky Wu won his first singles match after thrashing Tuvalu’s Tulimanu Vaea in four sets.

“I am happy, but I have another match and I will continue to work hard,” he said.

Then came the news that sisters Sally and Grace Yee had qualified for the quarter-finals because of their international rankings. Sally also celebrated her 17th birthday which was celebrated by the association.

“Some of my birthdays had been celebrated while we are abroad playing,” she said.

“I thank the association and the team for thinking of me,” Sally said,

Meanwhile, coach Anthony Ho says international competitions have been arranged for some of the national representatives.

“These players are like my family,” Ho said.

“They started playing at a young age and they are gaining experience and exposure. We are on top of the Oceania, but we need a lot of international matches because they will help the players in their experience and international ranking.

“Wu won his match because he was confident. He did not start well, but worked hard to win. He is recognised in the Oceania and to beat players who are older than him is good.”