SINGAPORE : Singapore's up-and-coming table tennis star Isabelle Li, who will turn 16 next Saturday, earned an early birthday present at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on Sunday.
She thrilled a partisan crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium when she defeated Romania's Bernadette Szocs 4-1 (11-8, 5-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7) to qualify for the YOG girls' singles semi-finals on Monday.
The Singapore Sports School student will be desperate to add to the Republic's current medal haul of one silver and three bronze medals, when she meets Thailand's Suthasini Sawettabut in the last four on Monday.
The Thai girl beat Japan's Ayuka Tanioka in straight games to book her place in the last four.
The semi-finals begin on Monday at 10am.
But it is the end of the road for Singapore's Clarence Chew in the Boys' Singles.
He failed to qualify for the quarter-finals, after losing his final round-robin match of the second stage. - CNA/ms