Team Singapore's Feng Tian Wei (R) in action against China's Zhu Yuling during their Women's Singles Semi Final match (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
Team Singapore wrapped up their Asian Games campaign in the most exhilarating fashion, as national paddler Feng Tianwei took on China’s Zhu Yuling in a Women’s Singles semifinal match that was determined by the finest of margins.
Feng, who was the last Singaporean athlete to compete on the final day of this year’s Games, lost 11-13, 11-13, 12-14, 8-11 to Zhu Yuling, one of China’s rising stars in the sport.
While the 4-0 score line may seem like Feng’s adversary completely ran away with the game, the truth was the result could have swung either way at every point in the thrilling encounter.
The 19-year-old Zhu always seemed to be one step ahead of the Singaporean in most plays, and showed impressive offensive capabilities as both players matched each other point for point till the very end. In the final deciding set, Feng took an early lead with some superb attacking play, but Zhu wrestled control back halfway through, before powering through till the end to win the deciding set 11-8.
Team Singapore's Feng Tian Wei celebrates on the podium during the awards ceremony after winning the bronze medal in the Women's Singles tournament (Photo by Vivek Prakash / Sport Singapore)
As there is no play-off for the third and fourth places, Feng took home another Bronze for Team Singapore’s paddlers.The Men’s Doubles pairing of Gao Ning and Li Hu also lost in the semifinals to China on Friday morning and brought home a bronze medal. This is Feng’s second Bronze medal from the Asian Games.
This latest achievement takes Team Singapore’s total medal tally to 24 - five Golds, six Silvers and 13 Bronzes, and places the Republic in 15th position in the overall rankings.