SINGAPORE - Singapore's top female paddler Feng Tianwei will settle for a bronze medal at the Asian Table Tennis Championships, after she was beaten by Chinese sixth seed Chen Meng 4-0 (11-9, 11-7, 12-10, 11-3) in the semi-finals on Friday afternoon.
There are no play-offs for third place at the tournament held in Pattaya, Thailand.
Feng, the fifth seed, was aiming to be the first Singaporean to win a gold or silver medal in the women's singles event at the biennial meet.
Apart from Li Jiawei's bronze in the 2005 edition in Jeju Island, no Singaporean has finished on the podium in the singles competition in the past 30 editions of the tournament.
World No. 7 Feng was the only non-Chinese player to make it through to the last four, after she upset China's world No. 2 and defending champion Liu Shiwen in the quarter-finals last night.
Feng had earlier pulled out of the women's doubles with partner Yu Mengyu to rest and focus on the women's singles, as she had picked up a back strain last week in the women's team event.
The Singaporean was unable to avenge her defeat by Chen at the 2013's edition of the championships, when the Chinese also beat Feng 4-1 (15-13, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-4) in the quarter-finals in Busan, Korea.
With Feng's exit, the Singapore paddlers will return from Pattaya with one bronze and a silver medal. Yang Zi and Yu had bagged a silver medal in the mixed doubles on Thursday night.