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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: 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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