Table Tennis: Feng Tianwei loses in World C'ships q-finals after securing doubles medal

Local paddler Feng Tianwei went out meekly to China's Zhu Yuling in the women's singles quarter-finals of the World Individual Table Tennis Championships in Paris.

The Singaporean, ranked No. 4 in the world, was defeated 7-11, 5-11, 6-11, 7-11 by the world No. 6 and reigning world junior champion.

Nevertheless, it is Feng's best showing at the championships.

She and team-mate Yu Mengyu had secured at least a bronze medal in the women's doubles early Saturday morning (Singapore time).

They beat Japan's Ai Fukuhara and Sayaka Hirano 11-7, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 in the quarter-finals for a place in the semi-finals, which will be played early Monday morning.

Semi-finalists are guaranteed a medal as there are no play-offs for bronze.

This is the just the second medal that the Republic has won at this tournament. Retired paddlers Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu also won a bronze in the women's doubles in the 2007 Zagreb edition.

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