Sports World: Feng beats Yu, avoids top Chinese foursome

Feng beats Yu, avoids top Chinese foursome

TOKYO • Singapore's top women's paddler Feng Tianwei plays Taiwanese Cheng I-ching in the Japan Open quarter-finals today, avoiding all four top Chinese players, after beating team-mate Yu Mengyu 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 yesterday.

Yu and Zhou Yihan face China's Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling in the doubles semi-finals.

Singapore's Zeng Jian beat Japan's Yui Hamamoto 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 in the women's Under-21 final.

Quek five behind clubhouse leaders

KOH SAMUI • Singapore golfer Quincy Quek, with rounds of 71 and 69, is five strokes behind after the second day of the rain-hit Queen's Cup.

The clubhouse leaders on 135 are Thai Prom Meesawat (65), Spaniard Carlos Pigem (69) and American Paul Peterson (65). Sixty-seven players will complete the round this morning.

Nadal return perfectly timed for Rio Olympics MADRID • Rafael Nadal is on track to make the Olympics and plans to return from a wrist injury at next month's Toronto Masters, just days before the Games begin, his uncle and coach Toni said yesterday.

Nadal, tennis' world No. 5, is keen to play at the Rio Olympics after being unable to defend his gold medal at the 2012 London Games because of a knee injury.


Rio World Cup eased shooter's Zika fears

SEOUL • South Korean pistol shooter Kim Jang Mi has declared that she is no longer concerned by the Zika virus as she prepares to defend her 25m pistol gold medal at the Olympics. She said her mind had been put at ease after competing at the World Cup in Rio in April.


Tunisian no trouble for Federer

HALLE WESTFALEN • Tennis star Roger Federer eased to victory in the second round of the Halle Open on Thursday.

The world No. 3 swatted aside Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-5.


Atletico, Benfica in agreement on Gaitan

MADRID • Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Benfica to sign their Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan for €25 million (S$38 million), the Spanish football club said on Thursday.


Early-bird tickets on sale for netball

Early-bird tickets for this year's Missions Food Nations Cup netball tournament went on sale yesterday.

Hosts Singapore will face Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Botswana and new addition Zambia at the OCBC Arena.

Tickets to the Sept 4-10 competition start from $3 (concession) and are available at

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe