Singapore paddler Feng Tianwei gave her new-found popularity among Singapore sports fans a huge boost tonight when she defeated national teammate Wang Yuegu to finish third in the 2008 Volkswagen Women’s World Cup.
The 21-year-old world No 9 – who became an overnight darling last month after her tenancious performances and two crucial victories in Singapore’s 3-2 team semi-final win over South Korea at the Beijing Olympics – triumphed 4-0 over Wang, who is two rungs above her in the world rankings.
Both women ended up playing for the bronze medal after they were dumped out of the semi-finals earlier in the evening. Feng lost 0-4 to Hong Kong’s Tie Yana while Wang went down by the same score to Chinese world no 3 Li Xiaoxia.
Although Feng’s 4-0 win over Wang suggests a drubbing, a closer look at the set scores – Feng won 11-8, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 – indicate a close battle at the Kuala umpur Badminton Hall.
Feng’s win means that she has equalled Singapore’s best result in the World Cup to date – a bronze medal finish by Li Jiawei in 2006.
It could also mean that she is now a possible contender for the Singapore National Olympic Council’s Sportswoman of the Year Award.The other likely candidate is Tao Li who set an sian record and two national records en route to becoming the first Singaporean swimmer to qualify for an Olympic final.
Meanwhile, Li Xiaoxia became the new World Cup champion after she cruised to an easy 4-0 win over Tie Yana. Li took the first three sets easily, winning 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 before Tie started putting up a semblane of a fight in the fourth set.
But it was too little too late as Li squeezedpast her opponent 14-12 to clinch the crown.
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Singapore Sports Fan