Singles is a real-life Olympic event. It is played in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and the only one in the "Table Tennis" category. The first player to reach eleven points (five in the DS version) wins the game. It has a Dream version, called Dream Table Tennis, where Special Attacks can be used.
Players swing to hit the ball. Meanwhile, they can press to hit the ball hard, but they have a chance of missing. Alternately, they can press to hit it softer but have a greater chance of hitting it. A point is awarded every time the opponent misses the ball or gets it out. To win the game, the player must reach eleven points before the opponent does. The losers of the first game face each other for third and fourth meanwhile the winners face off for first and second.
In Knuckles the Echidna's fourth mission, Knuckles must beat his opponent by using a smash move at least five times.
Singles is Blaze the Cat's first mission. She must rally the ball for ten shots.
Luigi has his fourth mission as singles. Luigi must earn points with spin shots (performed by holding while swinging).
This is Yoshi's second mission. To win he must win before his opponent gains three points.
Like Knuckles, singles is also Bowser's fifth mission. Bowser must win, but he must smash the ball (hold while swinging) at least seven times. Points are not added if he shots the ball rather than smashing the ball.
Singles is Wario's first mission. Wario must rally a shot twelve times. He will fail the mission if he or his opponent misses once.
In Princess Daisy's sixth mission, Daisy must gain only five points by smashing the ball. Points are not added if she shots the ball rather than smashing the ball.
The fourth mission for Yoshi is singles. To win, he must rally fifteen times. He will fail the mission if he or his opponent misses once.