Singapore’s hopes of winning a gold or silver medal at the 2008 Volkswagen Women’s World Cup came to an end this evening after national paddlers Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu were bundled out of the semi-finals of the competition.
World No 9 Feng, who created a sensational upset yesterday when she defeated world No 2 and hot favourite Guo Yue 4-1 in the quarter-finals, was a pale shadow of herself at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Hall as she crumbled 0-4 to Hong Kong’s Tie Yana.
The 21-year-old went down 6-11 in the first set but seemed to bounce back in the second as she took Tie to the wire before succumbing 11-13.
That second-set loss must have taken the wind out of her sails as she then lost 8-11 and 7-11 to make a meek exit out of the competition.
Feng was not the only one to crash out in four straight sets yesterday.
World No 7 Wang was also on the receiving end of a 0-4 thumping as she went down to China’s Li Xiaoxia in the other semi-final.
After a closely-fought 11-13 first set loss, Wang was subsequently outclassed 2-11 in the next set. It was all Li after that as the world No 3 raised her game by a notch and took the next two sets 11-7 and 11-9.
The result means that Singapore has equalled Li JIawei’s bronze-medal finish at the 2006 World Cup as Feng and Wang will now face each other in the third-and-fourth-place play-offs. The match is scheduled to start at 9pm.
Li Jiawei was not in action tonight after failing to advance from the group stage. She had lost two of her three matches to finish third in her group.
Yours in sport
Singapore Sports Fan