Chinese Women’s Table-Tennis Team Upset by Table-Tennis Team of Chinese Women

On Sunday in Moscow, the People’s Republic of China was thwarted in its bid for a ninth consecutive world championship in women’s table tennis,

losing to Singapore 3-1

. China’s coach Shi Zhihao

blamed inexperience

for the defeat.

China had won 16 of the previous 17 women’s championships, and had not lost a world title since 1991. That year, a unified Korean team defeated a young Chinese team that included

Deng Yaping

—who would go on to become a table-tennis legend—in her first team-finals appearance.

Singapore was represented in the finals by

Feng Tianwei


Wang Yuegu

, and

Sun Beibei

. Feng, Wang, and Sun are natives of the Chinese provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Shandong, respectively.