SINGAPORE - Feng Tianwei is on course for her best-ever showing at the International Table Tennis Federation Women's World Cup, after earning a semi-final spot at the annual tournament.
The Singaporean, the top seed, beat Germany's Sabine Winter 11-7, 15-13, 13-11, 11-9 in a keen contest on Saturday night (Philadelphia time) in the quarter-finals.
Feng will meet Japanese teenager Miu Hirano (world No. 17) in the semi-finals on Monday at 3am (Singapore time) for a place in the final.
She told the ITTF website shortly after her win against Winter: "I was able to stay focused right from the start of the match, and adjust fast to Winter's aggressive style of play.
"Tomorrow's semi-final match is going to be a very tough one... I hope that I will be able to play my best level tomorrow. I like it here in Philadelphia, although the trip here is long, it's very beautiful," added Feng, whose best showing at the World Cup was a bronze in 2013.
Feng is the world No. 6 and favourite to lift her first World Cup, after China's Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen both withdrew from the competition due to injuries and illness. Thi s is the first time that the tournament, now into its 20th edition, will not feature any player from China. It has been won by a Chinese player since its inaugural edition in 1996.