YU Mengyu < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA Singapore   
Gender Women
Born 18 Aug 1989
Height1.66 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Singapore
Occupation Athlete
Languages Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing table tennis at age five in Shenyang, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport? Her parents encouraged her to play, as they thought sport would help strengthen her body and immune system.
Name of coach Hao Anlin [national], SGP
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Singapore
General Interest
Nicknames Rayne (Weibo profile, 12 Mar 2021)
Hobbies Skincare, shopping. (straitstimes.com, 08 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career Her parents. (Athlete, 03 Aug 2016)
Injuries She has been troubled by a chronic back injury throughout her career. (stta.org.sg, 03 Dec 2019; straitstimes.com, 03 Mar 2021, 04 Mar 2021)

She was forced to undergo shoulder surgery in November 2016, returning to action four months later. (ittf.com, 26 Aug 2017)

She suffered a back injury in April 2016 and was forced to withdraw from several tournaments. In May 2016 she returned to playing doubles matches. (Facebook page, 27 Jun 2016)

She injured her back prior to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, hampering her preparation for the Games. She pulled out of the Games after the quarterfinal stage of the women's team event because of the injury and did not recover completely before the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. (channelnewsasia.com, 12 Sep 2014; news.asiaone.com, 01 Oct 2014; todayonline.com, 24 Apr 2015)

In 2013 she had a wrist injury. (news.asiaone.com, 24 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Success is not found by never falling, but in climbing higher after each fall." (Weibo profile, 04 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours She has received Meritorious Awards at the Singapore Sports Awards for individual performance [2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019], team performance [2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019], and individual junior athlete [2009]. (stta.org.sg, 01 Jan 2020)

In 2018 she was named the Singapore Table Tennis Association [STTA] Player of the Year. (stta.org.sg, 01 Jan 2020)

In 2013, 2015 and 2016 she received the STTA Special Award of the Year. (stta.org.sg, 01 Jan 2020)

In 2014 she received the STTA's Excellence in Sports Performance Award. (stta.org.sg, 01 Jan 2020)

She has been among the winners of the Team of the Year Award at the Singapore Sports Awards in 2008, 2010 and 2011. She also received the STTA award for Team of the Year in 2011. (stta.org.sg, 01 Jan 2020)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (zaobao.com.sg, 21 May 2021)
Other information RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She said she has considered retiring from competition after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and could be open to taking up other roles within the sport. "This is something I will need to think about after Tokyo. If the national team still need me, I will give it my all, but I'm also considering contributing in other roles. I don't want to have any regrets that I haven't given it my all [at the 2020 Games]. The pandemic has brought about great uncertainty and the biggest challenge has been to motivate myself, to will myself back from injury countless times, and to stay positive. Doing well and beating higher-ranked opponents [at the 2021 Qatar Open in Doha] has given me confidence that I am able to compete against top players, and I hope it is also a morale booster to the team." (straitstimes.com, 23 Jun 2021)