GLASGOW: Ng Sock Khim did not let her heavily strapped knee, the result of a surgery just last December, stop her from inspiring Malaysia to a slim win over England and a place in the semi-finals of the table tennis team event.
The 31-year-old Kedahan delivered the winning point to help Malaysia edge England 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games at the Scotstoun Sports Campus in Glasgow on Saturday.
The semi-finals will see Malaysia facing Australia and defending champions Singapore taking on India.
In Friday’s quarter-final against England, veteran Beh Lee Wei lost the first singles match 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 to Joanna Drinkhall.
Sock Khim, who has undergone four knee surgeries in the last five years, levelled the score by beating Kelly Sibley 11-7, 17-15, 11-7.
Lee Wei-Ho Ying then fought hard to beat Sibley-Ho Tin Tin 11-7, 6-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6 to give Malaysia a 2-1 lead.
Ho Ying, however, lost 8-11, 8-11, 3-11 to Drinkhall in the third singles to leave the tie level at 2-2.
It was then left to Sock Khim to turn saviour for Malaysia. And she did it with aplomb – showing nerves of steel to come back from the brink to beat Tin Tin 11-13, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-9.
Sock Khim jumped for joy after her hard-fought victory over Tin Tin.
“I was under pressure after losing the first two sets, but I stayed calm and managed to get the better of her,” said Sock Khim.
“I hope to give my best against Australia and help Malaysia qualify for the final.”
The Malaysian women’s team had topped Group 6 when they won their last group game by beating Nigeria 3-0 to reach the last eight.
The Malaysian men’s team, however, failed to reach the quarter-finals when they were outplayed 3-0 by India in the group stage.
Mohd Rizal Mah lost the first singles match 8-11, 5-11, 8-11 to Kamal Achanta Sharath while national champion Mohd Shakirin put up a good fight against Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj before going down 11-7, 7-11, 7-11, 5-11.
Rizal-Foo Dun Ley were then soundly thrashed by India’s Amalraj-Rahul Desai 9-11, 9-11, 2-11.