Table Tennis: Top seed Feng Tianwei out of ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei crashed out of the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals, losing to South Korean Seo Hyo Won in the quarter-finals of the singles event on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei crashed out of the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals, losing to South Korean Seo Hyo Won in the quarter-finals of the singles event on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Singapore's top paddler Feng Tianwei crashed out of the International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Grand Finals, losing to South Korean Seo Hyo Won in the quarter-finals of the singles event on Saturday.

The world No. 4, top seed at the prestigious year-end tournament, was beaten 13-11, 11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8 by Seo, a defensive specialist ranked 12th in the world.

Feng also lost in the women's doubles semi-finals earlier in the day, when she teamed up with Yu Mengyu to play Japan's Miu Hirano and Mima Ito. They were beaten 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8.

There was cheer, however, for Yu in the singles event. The world No. 13 took out No. 16 Sayaka Hirano of Japan in her quarter-final, winning 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

Yu will have the chance to avenge her team-mate's loss when she plays Seo for a place in the final on Sunday.