Feng claims bronze in Dubai, Gao falters
DUBAI • Singapore's top female paddler Feng Tianwei defeated Hong Kong's Tie Yana 11-7, 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 in the women's singles bronze medal play-off at the annual Asian Cup in Dubai yesterday.
The world No. 7 had failed to retain her title after she was beaten by China's reigning Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia in Friday's semi-finals.
In the men's singles, Singapore's world No. 27 Gao Ning lost to Hong Kong's Wong Chun Ting 4-11, 12-10, 11-9, 2-11, 6-11, 9-11 in their bronze medal play-off.
Ding is first Asian world championship finalist
LONDON • China's Ding Junhui yesterday became the first Asian to reach the snooker world championship final when he eased past Scotland's Alan McManus 17-11 in Sheffield, England.
In the final scheduled for today and tomorrow, the 29-year-old will play either Hong Kong's world No. 14 Marco Fu or 2014 champion Mark Selby, who were tied 12-12 in the other semi-final at The Crucible at press time. REUTERS
Lee to face Chen after win over nemesis Lin
BEIJING • Badminton's world No. 2 Lee Chong Wei beat Lin Dan of China 22-20, 15-21, 21-4 in the Asian Badminton Championships semi-finals in Wuhan, China yesterday.
The Malaysian will meet world No. 1 Chen Long in the final, after the Chinese beat compatriot Tian Houwei 21-14, 21-16 in the other semi-final.
Li Xuerui will face Wang Yihan in an all-Chinese women's final.
Egyptian is youngest squash world champ
KUALA LUMPUR • Nour El Sherbini stormed back from a two-game deficit to defeat top seed Laura Massaro 6-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 and become the youngest women's squash world champion yesterday.
The 20-year-old Egyptian's victory vaults her past England's Massaro into the No. 1 ranking.
Vegas, Lovemark lead at Zurich Classic
NEW ORLEANS • Jhonattan Vegas shot a three-under 69 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The Venezuelan tied with American Jamie Lovemark (66) at 133 after the US PGA Tour event was suspended.