Table Tennis: Top seed Feng Tianwei crashes out in round of 16 at Japan Open

Singapore's top female paddler Feng Tianwei, who is recuperating from a cold, says she needs to bounce back from her shock loss fast as there are many other competitions coming up. She was impressed with the mental maturity of her teenaged conqueror.
Singapore's top female paddler Feng Tianwei, who is recuperating from a cold, says she needs to bounce back from her shock loss fast as there are many other competitions coming up. She was impressed with the mental maturity of her teenaged conqueror.PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - Women's table tennis world No. 4 Feng Tianwei of Singapore crashed out of the Japan Open in the round of 16 on Friday, losing to Sun Yingsha of China 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 7-11, 10-12.

This was the first time the two paddlers squared off, with the 16-year-old Sun prevailing over Feng, who is recovering from a bout of cold. The Singaporean is the top seed in the tournament.

"For me, now my priority is to recover fast as there are many more competitions coming up," she said.

"Sun Yingsha played well today, very matured mentally, unlike other 16-year-olds who might get nervous."

Feng, 30, had won the Korean Open earlier this year.