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Sunday, 4 August, 2002, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK

Singles gold for Li Li

Singapore's Li Li beat Tracey Hallam of England in four sets to claim individual gold in the women's singles final.

Hallam improved on the bronze she won in Kuala Lumpur four years ago, and looked like she could take gold after levelling the game at one set apiece.

"When the disappointment goes away I'm sure I'll be happy with silver"
Tracey Hallam

But Li edged a tight third set and the Singaporean's extra fitness ultimately told as she won the match 7-5 5-7 8-7 7-0.

And Hallam refused to be downhearted despite missing out on the top prize.

"I was 3-0 up in the third set and I had the match in control but that was the crucial set," said Hallam.

"I came here thinking the worst I wanted was bronze, so when the disappointment goes away I'm sure I'll be happy with silver.

"It was unbelievable to walk onto the court and hear such a roar from the crowd.

"I never thought it would be like that and they spurred me on a lot."


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