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Sailors may have to be the ones to break Singapore’s golden duck at Asiad

Singapore’s sailors are looking strong for three gold medals at the Asian Games after six races.

At the Shanwei Water Sports Centre yesterday, the Republic’s Colin Cheng  continued to lead in the Laser Standard while 420 pairs Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng and Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low were the pacesetters in the boys’ and girls’ events.

Also in the hunt for a podium finish were Ryan Lo (Optimist Boys) and the men’s 470 duo of Roy Tay and Terence Koh.

Singapore has yet to win a gold at the 16th Asiad in Guangzhou.

Although our bowlers finally came away with medals in the Women’s Singles final, after firing blanks in Men’s singles on Monday, the gold remains elusive.

Rising kegler Shayna Ng has won a silver while compatriot New Hui Fen won a bronze.

Ng , 21, scored a total of 1,342 pinfalls, 53 pinfalls behind gold medallist Sun Ok Hwang from South Korea.

But she also created history en route to her silver success by becoming the first bowler to score a perfect game of 300 in the competition.

The Asian Games debutant achieved that mark in her fourth game.

New, 1 and the youngest member of the Singapore bowling team, took the bronze after finishing a pinfall behind Ng.  

Meanwhile, former AMF world champion Jasmine Yeong-Nathan was forced to settle for 15th place and Geraldine Ng finished ninth.

The Singapore women’s table tennis team were outplayed 0-3 by China in the final. This is the seoncond victory that China has scored over Singapore in three meetings this year.

Singapore fielded Wang Yuegu in the first singles and the world No. 7 went down 0-3 to China world No. 8 Li Xiaoxia.

Feng Tianwei went up against current world No. 1 Guo Yan and also suffered a 3-0 defeat.

Singapore opted for veteran Li Jiawei instead of Sun Beibei  in the third singles, but the 29-year-old was unable to stop China’s winning momentum, going down 0-3 to Guo Yue.

The defeat means that Singapore’s 3-1 victory over China in the World Table Tennis Team Championships in Moscow in May is now a distant memory. Since then, China has bounced back to beat Singapore 3-0 in the World Team Cup tournament in Dubai.

That victory in October and yesterday’s whitewash now brings China’s win-loss record over Singapore to a staggering 15-1.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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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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