The Philippines’ sole bet in Table Tennis, Jann Nayre, put up a gallant stand. Still, he fell short against 10th-ranked player in the world Chunting Wong, falling 4-1 (11-9, 4-11, 3-11, 4-11, 5-11.) in the round of 32 of the Asian Games’ Table Tennis competition, Thursday.
Nayre, a student of San Beda University, is coming off a gold medal performance in the 10th ASEAN School Games last July.
In the round of 64, the native of Baybay, Leyte, whitewashed Yemen’s Ebrahim Gubran, 4-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5).
However, against Wong, the Hong Kong native’s experience proved to be too much.
After Nayre won the first set, Wong bounced back big time in the second frame to knot things up. He then raced to an eight-point lead in the third canto to gain the edge.
Seven consecutive points by Wong in the fourth stanza led to another dominant set. Nayre could not muster a come back in the fifth set.
During the last three frames, Nayre could only score thrice from his own serves.
Nayre will now focus on the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina this October.