Table tennis: Feng and Co. beat Poland at the World Team Championships

Feng Tianwei led Singapore to a 3-1 preliminary-round win over Poland, on March 1, 2016.
Feng Tianwei led Singapore to a 3-1 preliminary-round win over Poland, on March 1, 2016. PHOTO: ZAOBAO

KUALA LUMPUR - Feng Tianwei led Singapore to a convincing 3-1 preliminary-round win over Poland on Tuesday at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur to set up a tantalising clash against third seeds Netherlands on Wednesday.

The Dutch suffered a shock 2-3 defeat by 19th seeds France, but can still top the six-nation group if they beat Singapore. Should that happen, both the Netherlands and Singapore will have the same win-lose record (4-1), but the Dutch will go top by virtue of a superior head-to-head record.

The group winners receive a bye into the quarter-finals, while second- and third-placed teams have to play in the round of 16.

As she has done in the Republic's previous three matches, Feng notched two points - in the first and fourth singles - against 12th seeds Poland.

The 29-year-old beat defensive specialist Li Qian (15-13, 7-11, 11-5, 17-15), before winning against Katarzyna Grzybowska (12-10, 11-8, 11-2).

Yu Mengyu won the second singles against Grzybowska 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7. World Championships debutante Zhang Wanling played her second match, but fell to Klaudia Kusinska 4-11, 4-11, 5-11.

Coach Chen Zhibin, who had coached the Netherlands previously, said he was satisfied with the women's performance, noting that Feng and Yu have improved with each tie.

On the match-up against his former team, he said: "I'm optimistic but let's not get ahead of ourselves. It will be a long match against their choppers."

The men's team are also in action. They play Belarus at 7.30pm on Tuesday