Commonwealth Games: Feng Tianwei, Zeng Jian assure gold in all-Singaporean final

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Singapore paddlers Feng Tianwei (left) and Zeng Jian at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (PHOTOS: Getty Images)
Singapore paddlers Feng Tianwei (left) and Zeng Jian at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. (PHOTOS: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore is assured of its second gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, after paddlers Feng Tianwei and Zeng Jian took both spots in the women's singles final on Saturday (6 August).

Zeng came from behind to defeat Australia's Liu Yangzi 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 at the National Exhibition Centre, before Feng was stretched to the full seven games before pulling out a 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 victory over India's Sreeja Akula.

Zeng, 25, will face Feng, who is 10 years her senior, in Sunday's final. Feng has already won the women's singles gold twice in her long career in 2010 and 2014, while Zeng is in her first-ever final.

There will not be any men's singles medal for Singapore, however, as 17-year-old Izaac Quek - the remaining representative in the competition - was beaten 6-11, 7-11, 4-11, 7-11 by India's Sharath Kamal Achanta in the quarter-finals.

Men's doubles duo Clarence Chew and Ethan Poh also missed a chance at winning gold, after losing to England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford 2-11, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11 in the semi-finals.

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