Table Tennis: Feng Tianwei makes last eight at world championships; guaranteed bronze in women's doubles

Feng Tianwei had also won the Women's World Cup last year and the Asian Championships this year.
Feng Tianwei had also won the Women's World Cup last year and the Asian Championships this year.PHOTO: TABLE TENNIS FEDERATION

SINGAPORE - World No. 4 Feng Tianwei is through to the last eight of the World Table Tennis Championships, after a hard-fought win against a home favourite Kristin Silbereisen.

The Singaporean beat her German opponent 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9 on Friday (June 2) to earn a place in the quarter-finals, where she will meet Japan's world No. 8 Miu Hirano.

Feng is also guaranteed at least a bronze medal in the women's doubles, after partnering former team-mate Yu Mengyu to beat a Taiwanese pair in the quarter-finals. The duo beat Chen Szu-yu and Cheng I-ching 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 in Dusseldorf, Germany, where the event is ongoing.

The pair will play China's Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng in the semi-finals next.

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Losing semi-finalists are awarded a bronze at the tournament.

Feng's third match of the day will be against Japan's 17-year-old prodigy Hirano, who sensationally won the Women's World Cup last year and the Asian Championships this year.

Their quarter-final is slated to take place around 9.45pm (Singapore time) on Friday.

Said Feng shortly after her win against Silbereisen: "This was a tough match. My opponent had the home-ground advantage and benefited from quite a few lucky shots. But I had ample preparation.

"It will only get harder from here. I'll have to treat my match against Hirano as if I were playing a Chinese player.