Sports World :Zeng edged out, Yu and Zhou pummelled ZAGREB (Croatia)

Zeng edged out, Yu and Zhou pummelled ZAGREB (Croatia)

Despite a late comeback, Zeng Jian could not get the better of Japan's world No. 7 Ai Fukuhara yesterday, during a close contest in the round of 16 of the International Table Tennis Federation Zagreb Open.

The world No. 41, playing in Singapore colours, was beaten 11-5, 12-10, 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 10-12, 11-7.

In the women's doubles, Yu Mengyu and Zhou Yihan were whitewashed 13-11, 11-5, 13-11 by Hong Kong's Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching in the quarter-finals.

Bangkok triumph is Lee's fifth straight

BANGKOK • Singapore- based Christian Lee, 17, extended his perfect mixed martial arts (MMA) win-loss record to 5-0, when he defeated Filipino featherweight Rocky Batolbatol last night at One Championship's Kingdom of Champions event.

With his sister Angela in his corner, Christian took just 2min 14sec to beat his opponent, who surrendered via a verbal tap-out in the first round.

Poh a shot behind leader after 3 rounds

Singapore golfer Johnson Poh put himself in contention for his first Asian Development Tour victory yesterday.

He shot a four-under 67 for a nine-under 204 total at the PGM Port Dickson Championship and is one stroke behind leader Gavin Green (68) of Malaysia, going into today's final round at the Port Dickson Golf and Country Club in Malaysia. But compatriots Jonathan Woo and Mitchell Slorach missed the cut.

Lee sure he can stay as Malaysia's best

KUALA LUMPUR • Lee Chong Wei believes he will still be regarded as Malaysia's No. 1 badminton player over the next two years if he continues to compete on the international stage, reported Berita Harian.

The 33-year-old, who had earlier announced that he might retire after August's Olympics in Rio, was responding to the country's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who said that the player could still feature as the nation's third singles player in the next Thomas Cup.

Ariya starts strongly in bid for triple treat

NEW YORK • Red-hot Ariya Jutanugarn put herself in prime position in pursuit of a third successive LPGA victory as she fired an opening seven-under 65 at the inaugural PGA Volvik Championship in Michigan on Thursday.

Ariya did not even carry a driver in her golf bag, but that did not stop her from bagging seven birdies in a bogey-free round that put her one stroke behind LPGA veteran Christina Kim.


Hurricanes blow past Highlanders at top

WELLINGTON • Ardie Savea returned from suspension to score a crucial, last-gasp try, as the Wellington Hurricanes beat the Otago Highlanders 27-20 yesterday to boost their Super Rugby play-off hopes .

The win puts the Hurricanes two points ahead of the Highlanders in the ultra-competitive New Zealand conference, where the battle for finals spots is set to go down to the wire.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe