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Newsflash: Feng beats Wang to take bronze at World Cup

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.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

8 Sept: Newsflash – It’s double jeopardy for Singapore as Feng and Wang crash out of World Cup semis

7 Sep – Newsflash – Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei through to World Cup semis; Singapore assured of at least a bronze

6 Sept: Newsflash -World Cup shocker as Li Jiawei crashes out in group stage

4 Sept: Newsflash – Singapore’s hopes at Volkwagen Women’s World Cup brighten 

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Newsflash: It’s double jeopardy for Singapore as Feng and Wang crash out of World Cup semis

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

Related links:

7 Sep – Newsflash – Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei through to World Cup semis; Singapore assured of at least a bronze

6 Sept: Newsflash -World Cup shocker as Li Jiawei crashes out in group stage

4 Sept: Newsflash – Singapore’s hopes at Volkwagen Women’s World Cup brighten 

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Newsflash: Wang Yuegu and Feng Tianwei through to World Cup semis; Singapore assured of at least a bronze

Singapore has assured itself of at least a bronze medal at the Volkswagen Women’s World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after national paddlers Feng Tianwei and Wang Yuegu reached the semi-finals of the tournament tonight.

A day after Li Jiawei’s shocking group stage exit from the competititon, after she lost two of her three group matches, either Feng or Wang is slated to equal Li’s bronze medal finish at the 2006 World Cup, Singapore’s best result at the tournament to date. 

Feng caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament this evening when she sent world no 2 and Olympic bronze medallist Guo Yue crashing out of the quarter-finals.

Singapore's Feng Tianwei is through to the semi-finals of the Volkswagen Women's World Cup (picture taken from www.daylife.com)

Singapore's Feng Tianwei is through to the semi-finals (Picture taken from http://www.daylife.com)

World No 9 Feng had booked her berth in the last eight of the competition by beating Holland’s Li Jiao 4-1 (13-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5) in the afternoon to finish second in her group. But it looked like she drew the short straw for her efforts when she was drawn to face Guo in the quarter-finals.

After all, top seed Guo had emerged as the hot favourite to win the World Cup after the withdrawal of compatriots Zhang Yining (world No 1) and Wang Nan (world No 5).  Wang defeated Zhang in last years final. She had also looked the part after breezing through her three group matches without defeat.

However, it was the 21-year-old Feng who raced to a 2-0 lead when she took the first two sets 11-9 and 11-6. Guo reduced the deficit when she won the third set 11-7. But Feng came storming back from the momentary setback to win 11-6 and 11-9 for the eventual 4-1 triumph.

Feng will now meet Hong Kong’s Tie Yana in the semi-finals. World No 10 Tie reached the last four when she pipped South Korean chopper Kim Kyung Ah 4-3 (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 17-19, 11-7) in a thrilling quarter-final clash.

Meanwhile, world no 7 Wang Yuegu overcame a tenacious Gao Jun 4-2 in her quarter-final match to book a semi-final clash against China’s Li Xiaoxia who beat Hong Kong’s Jiang Huajun 4-1 (11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 11-6).

Like Guo Yue, Wang had qualified from the group stage with a clean 3-0 win record. She chalked up her third win this afternoon with a 4-1 demolition of Malaysia’s Beh Lee Wei (11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-6).

But the 39-year-old Gao Jun, a former Chinese national player in the 1990s who is now representing the US, turned out to be a trckier opponent in the quarter-finals.

After Wang took the first set 11-5, she came back to level the score to 1-1 with a 11-8 win in the next set. Wang made it 2-1 with a 11-3 win in the third set but Gao made it all square again with a 13-11 win in the fourth set.

But Wang eventualy triumphed. After a hard-fought 15-13 win in the fifth set, she rode on that momentum to take the deciding set 11-7 for a 4-2 win.

By the way, Li Jiawei managed to avoid the embarrassment of finishing bottom of her group this afternoon. She defeated Hungary’s Georgina Pota 4-2 (11-13, 4-11, 14-12, 11-4, 13-11, 11-9) in her last group match to finish third n Group C.  

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Related links:

6 Sept: Newsflash -World Cup shocker as Li Jiawei crashes out in group stage

4 Sept: Newsflash – Singapore’s hopes at Volkwagen Women’s World Cup brighten 

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