Wang’s Singapore career nets her S$450,000

Wang Yuegu's winnings. (Yahoo! graphic/Candice Ng)Wang Yuegu's winnings. (Yahoo! graphic/Candice Ng)

Wang Yuegu has reaped over S$450,000 in total winnings during her five-career playing for Singapore.

The China-born paddler, who announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday, took home the sum mainly through cash incentives from Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP).

The sum does not include her wins and prize money from the International Table Tennis Federation professional circuit.

The MAP, primarily sponsored by The Tote Board and Singapore Pools, provides cash incentives to athletes who win medals at the Olympic, Asian, Commonwealth and South East Asian Games.

Wang initally took home S$564,000 in total.  But after a 20 per cent clawback which athletes must  plough back to their respective sports associations, that amount was reduced to S$451,600.

During her illustrious career since receiving Singapore citizenship in 2007, the 32-year-old won a total of 11 medals across the four major Games.

The bulk of her rewards came from the Olympics where her silver (2008) and bronze (2012) medals in the women's team event earned her a whopping S$250,000 and S$125,000 respectively after splitting the payouts with team-mates Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei.

The Asian Games provided the second biggest pay-out.

For the women's team silver medal she won in 2010, Wang was awarded S$32,000.

Most of Wang's gold medals -- four to be exact -- came in the SEA Games, where athletes will only be rewarded if they bring home a gold medal. An individual and team gold medal provide a S$10,000 and S$15,000 award respectively.

Besides her medal haul in the Olympic, Asian, Commonwealth and SEA games, Wang won four titles on the ITTF Pro Tour.

One of the highlights of her career came in 2010, where Feng, Sun Bei Bei and herself helped Singapore stun powerhouses China at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia to become world champions for the first time.

Wang announced her decision to retire from table tennis on Wednesday to make way for younger talent to come through.