Feng & Yu beat Chinese to reach Polish Open final

Singapore paddlers Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu lived up to their billing as top seeds at the International Table Tennis Federation Polish Open in Warsaw yesterday, beating third seeds Liu Shiwen and Li Xiaoxia to earn a place in the women's doubles final.

They beat the Chinese duo 11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3 and will face second seeds Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling, another Chinese pair, today.

Feng, who partnered Yu to a bronze at this year's World Table Tennis Championships, said: "We performed well today, but Mengyu played exceptionally.

"The win has boosted our confidence, although the next match will be even tougher. But we will be sure to give it our all, especially with next year's Olympics in mind."

The team format at the Olympics, a best-of-five tie, includes a doubles component. Singapore won a bronze at the last edition in 2012 in London.

Meanwhile, in the women's singles, Feng cruised past Germany's Shan Xiaona 11-4, 11-4, 13-11, 11-5 to earn a clash against Ding, the world's top-ranked player, in the quarter-finals.

The match was not completed by press time yesterday.

Yu, however, was no match for China's world No. 2 Liu, going down 6-11, 7-11, 9-11, 5-11.

In the men's singles, Singapore's Gao Ning was beaten 11-4, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 by China's world No. 4 Zhang Jike.

May Chen

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 25, 2015, with the headline 'Feng & Yu beat Chinese to reach Polish Open final'. Subscribe