Team Singapore's Liane Wong Ye Ying during the Women's Foil Individual Preliminaries (Photo by Joseph Nair / Sport Singapore)
Sisters Cheryl and Liane Wong produced encouraging performances for Team Singapore in the women’s individual foil on Sunday. After winning three of her five preliminary bouts, Cheryl Wong beat China’s Weng Chan 15-12 to advance to the quarterfinals where she lost 15-5 to Chinese fencer, Le Huilin.
“I wasn’t really thinking about the result going into the competition; I was just focused on getting through each match. It was a good experience,” said Cheryl.
“I think I could have done better in the round-robin. But I was really in the zone in the quarterfinal though, and just focused on every point,” she added.
Younger sister Liane, who won two of her preliminaries, lost 15-9 in the round of 16 to Japan’s Miyawaki Karin and finished tenth in the competition, not bad at all, considering that it is her first appearance in Asian Games.
“I’m pleased with how I did. I had a pretty tough round robin. Of course I was aiming for top eight and that would have been nice, but my coach said my fencing was good and I managed to change tactics and adapted to situations so I am quite pleased with that,” she said.
Team Singapore's Cheryl Wong Ye Han during the Women's Foil Individual Preliminaries (Photo by Joseph Nair / Sport Singapore)
The sisters will next combine forces on Wednesday in the women’s team foil as they look to build on the success Team Singapore enjoyed with their gold medal in the South East Asian Fencing Federation Championship last year.
“We are aiming for a medal - that is our goal,” said Liane.
Alongside the intense competition, the Wong sisters have been enjoying the atmosphere in Incheon and at the Team Singapore building at the Games Village.
“I really like the fact that we are all in one building and you meet fellow athletes from other sports in the lift,” said Cheryl.
“You really get to share your Asian Games experiences. We play games around the snack bar and it really is a lot of fun.”