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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 5:53:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 5:55:11 PM

Table tennis: Watch out for Rou You

Lee Rou You brings spunk and fighting spirit to the Malaysian table tennis squad despite going down 14-16, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 2-11 to Thailand’s No. 1 Khetkhuan Tamolwan in the team event on Dec 19, 2013.

Lee Rou You brings spunk and fighting spirit to the Malaysian table tennis squad despite going down 14-16, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 2-11 to Thailand’s No. 1 Khetkhuan Tamolwan in the team event on Dec 19, 2013.

NAYPYITAW: Youngster Lee Rou You is petite, sweet and soft-spoken but do not mistake her size nor demeanour as representative of a weak opponent.

In the game of table tennis, the 18-year-old Rou You is full of spunk and she has a knack for intimidating opponents.

On Thursday, the lass from Selangor showed that she has the potential to be the country’s dependable paddler when she gave a rousing fight against her more experienced Thai opponents.

She held Thailand’s No. 1 Khetkhuan Tamolwan by the jugular before going down 14-16, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 2-11 in the opening tie against the Thais.

In the second singles and in a bid to save the tie after Malaysia had gone down 1-2, she made a remarkable comeback against Muangsuk Anisara but it all ended in vain when she lost 1-11, 4-11, 15-17.

Her best performance however, was in the group tie against Singapore on Wednesday when Rou You combined superbly with her chief coach Beh Lee Wei to steal one point from the mighty Singapore when they defeated Zhou Yihan-Yu Mengyu 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9.

It was the only point in their 1-3 loss to the China import-powered Singaporeans.

“It has been a great first SEA Games for me although I think, I could have done better,” said Rou You, who has been actively involved in the game for the last four years.

“I was up against stronger and more experienced players but lost out on experience. There were some shots that I should have slammed down winners but I muffed them up.

“I know where I stand against the opponents from the South-East Asian region. I hope to come back stronger for the next Games.”

Asked whether she could take over from Lee Wei, she said: “She has achieved so much and it will not be easy to fill her shoes but I will work hard like her to become better.”

Rou You’s challenge however has ended in the SEA Games as she is not being fielded in the women’s singles event on Friday. Malaysia’s representatives are Lee Wei and Ho Ying, who defeated Rou You at the last Malaysian Games (Sukma)’s women singles final in Malacca.

Tags / Keywords: table tennis, Lee Rou You, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw

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