Feng Tianwei

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Feng Tianwei
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Feng at the Volkswagen Women's World Cup in Kuala Lumpur on 7 September 2008
Personal information
Native name 冯天薇
Nationality  Singapore
Residence Singapore
Born (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 28)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Playing style Right-handed shakehand grip[1]
Equipment(s) Stiga Kevlar blade[1]
Highest ranking 2nd (April 2010)[2]
Club Chinese: 鲁能·潞安集团; pinyin: Lŭnéng Lù'ān Jítuán (in China Table Tennis Super League)[3]
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)[4]
Weight 58 kg (128 lb) (2008)[4]

Feng Tianwei (simplified Chinese: 冯天薇; traditional Chinese: 馮天薇; pinyin: Féng Tiānwēi, pronounced [fə̌ŋ tjɛ́nwéi]; born 31 August 1986) is a Singaporean table tennis player, ranked 4th in the world as a singles player as of June 2014. Born in China, she moved to Singapore under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme in March 2007 and commenced her international career in competitive table tennis the following month. She received Singapore citizenship in January 2008.

Feng represented Singapore for the first time in the Olympic Games at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. On 15 August, the Singapore team composed of Feng and her teammates Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu defeated South Korea 3–2 in the semifinals. The team lost to China in the final, but obtained the silver medal. This was Singapore's first Olympic medal in 48 years and its first as an independent nation. Feng won her first professional singles title at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour Polish Open in Warsaw on 30 November 2008, in an all-Singapore final against Wang. In May 2010 the trio of Feng, Wang and Sun Beibei stunned the reigning champions China 3–1 in the Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow, making Singapore world champions for the first time.

On 1 August 2012, Feng beat Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan 4–0 to win the women's singles bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Singapore's first Olympic singles medal since the 1960 Summer Olympics. On 7 August, she was part of the women's team with Li and Wang that achieved the bronze against South Korea. This was the first time Singapore had won two medals at an Olympic Games.

Early years[edit]

Feng Tianwei was born on 31 August 1986[4] in Harbin, Heilongjiang, People's Republic of China.[5] She is the only daughter of Feng Qingzhi, a granary worker, and his wife Li Chunping, an employee of a department store. Feng's parents, who were poor, lived frugally for years to pay for her table tennis training. Her father suffered from multiple sclerosis, but she was not told how severe his illness was. He died in 2002, weeks before Feng tried out for China's national B squad. Although Feng topped the qualifying matches a month later and was called up for the national team in 2003, she suffered from a long illness; a source close to her said it was "because she missed her father too much".[6][7] Feng left China in 2005 to play in the Japanese professional league. While there she was spotted by Liu Guodong, then a coach with the Singapore Table Tennis Association, in 2006.[7] In March 2007 she was invited to train in Singapore under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme. She became a Singapore citizen in January 2008.[5]

Career as national player[edit]

Feng made her international début for Singapore in June 2007 as an under-21 player at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Pro Tour Volkswagen Korean Open.[5][8] As a singles player, Feng was ranked 73rd in the world in August 2007.[2] Nonetheless, that month she achieved a silver medal in the singles at the ITTF Pro Tour Chinese Taipei Open, her compatriot Li Jiawei beating her to take the gold.[9]

Feng was a member of the silver medal-winning Singapore women's team at the World Team Championships in Guangzhou in 2008, and also defeated the top seed Zhang Yining from China in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup held in Sapporo between 29 and 30 March 2008, eventually achieving second place behind China's Guo Yue.[10] She obtained singles bronze medals at the ITTF Pro Tour Chile Open in April[8] and the Singapore Open in June 2008,[11] and helped the women's team to a second place at the Volkswagen Japan Open in Yokohama on 24 May 2008.[12]

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Feng represented Singapore for the first time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the women's table tennis team tournament. The youngest member of the team which included Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu, she contributed significantly to Singapore's 3–2 win against South Korea in the semifinals on 15 August by defeating Dang Ye-Seo and Park Mi-Young in two singles matches. Feng's match against Park was closely fought, with Feng eventually overcoming Park 3–1. Singapore was assisted by the implementation of the expedite system when the game failed to be completed in ten minutes. Under the system, players serve on alternative points rather than on every two points. A receiving player scores a point if she manages 13 returns, which disadvantages defensive play by the server. The system unsettled Park, and Feng won two minutes after its introduction in the match when Park committed a service fault.[13] Interviewed afterwards, Feng said: "I definitely did not expect that [Park's error]. It was a surprise and the best birthday present I've ever gotten."[5]

On 17 August, Feng and her teammates gained Singapore a silver medal in women's table tennis after losing to China in three matches.[14] Feng played the starting singles match, winning the first game but eventually losing to China's Wang Nan 3–1. This was the first time Singapore had won an Olympic medal since its independence in 1965. The medal came 48 years after Tan Howe Liang won the country's first medal, a silver in weightlifting in the lightweight category at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[15]

Feng at a ceremony on 25 August 2008 welcoming Team Singapore home from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

Feng and her teammates received byes into the third round of the women's singles tournament.[16] Feng defeated South Korea's Dang 4–0 in the third round and the Netherlands' Li Jie 1–4 in the fourth round,[4] but fell 4–1 to China's Zhang Yining in the quarter-finals.[17] Feng made the world number one work for her win, with the final scores being 11–13, 14–12, 12–14, 10–12, 11–13. According to the Straits Times, Zhang leveraged on her experience by stalling for time at crucial stages of the game, which broke Feng's rhythm. Interviewed after the match, Feng said: "I'm sure I'll win a medal at the next Olympics."[17]

At a victory celebration in Singapore on 25 August, Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, announced that Feng, Li and Wang would be presented with the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal). This is only the third time the medal will be awarded to athletes, the two previous recipients being weightlifter Tan Howe Liang (1962) and swimmer Joscelin Yeo (2006).[18]

In May 2009, the national table tennis women's team, composed of Feng and her teammates Li, Wang and Sun Beibei, were awarded the Team of the Year (Event) prize at the Singapore Sports Awards.[19]

Competitions between 2008 and 2012[edit]

On 9 September 2008, Feng beat her compatriot Wang to clinch the bronze medal at the ITTF Women's World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.[20] Despite crashing out of the singles event earlier, Feng and her teammates Li and Wang won the top title and US$8,000 at the ITTF Pro Tour ERKE German Open in Berlin on 22 November 2008.[21] Feng won her first professional singles title at the Polish Open in Warsaw on 30 November, in an all-Singapore final against Wang. Feng and Yu Mengyu also took silver in the doubles championship.[22] On 2 December 2008, the ITTF announced that Feng was ranked sixth in the world. This made her the top Singapore female table tennis player and the highest-placed player in the world not representing China.[3][23] She was third in Today newspaper's list of athletes of the year for 2008.[24]

Feng in action against China's Guo Yue during a quarterfinal match at the Volkswagen Women's World Cup in Kuala Lumpur on 7 September 2008

On 23 August 2009, Feng achieved her second Pro Tour singles title at the KAL Cup Korean Open in Seoul.[25]

Feng took part in the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos. She was a member of the Singapore women's team with Sun Beibei and Wang Yuegu that beat Thailand 3–0 on 10 December 2009.[26] On 14 December 2009, she and her partner Wang Yuegu were defeated by compatriots Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu in an all-Singapore final in the women's doubles.[27] The following day, in her maiden appearance at the Games, she achieved gold in the singles competition after trouncing Wang 4–1.[28]

Together with Sun and Wang, Feng was a member of the team at the Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow that defeated China, 17-time winner and the reigning world champion, with a score of 3–1 on 30 May 2010. This was the first time that Singapore had won the event. In the two games she played, Feng beat Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning, respectively ranked number one and four in the world.[29] The Southern Daily published in Guangdong criticized Chinese sports authorities for permitting China-born players like Feng, Li and Wang to leave and play for other countries: "For the sake of developing the sport, China has been talking about 'breeding wolves'. Well, now the wolf has grown up and it has returned home to bite."[30]

The Singapore Table Tennis Association made Feng the inaugural winner of its Best Player of the Year award on 12 February 2010.[31] As of 8 April 2010, she had worked her way up to a second-place ranking in the world.[2] On 3 May 2010, the Singapore National Olympic Council named her Sportswoman of the Year for 2009, and the national women's table tennis team of which she is a member was Team of the Year (Team Event).[32]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Feng represented Singapore at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and was the nation's flagbearer at the Parade of Nations segment of the opening ceremony.[33] She entered the women's singles competition seeded sixth,[34] and progressed until she was defeated 4–2 by China's Ding Ning in the semi-finals.[35] On 1 August 2012, she overcame Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan 4–0 (11–9, 11–6, 11–6, 11–5) to take the bronze medal, becoming the second Singaporean to win an individual Olympic medal. (The first was Tan Howe Liang who won a silver for weightlifting in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.)[36] Interviewed after her win, Feng said: "I'm really happy, although I feel it's come a little too suddenly. My form wasn't very good lately, so I didn't dare to carry too much expectations coming into the London Olympics. It was just a relief to win."[37]

Feng also participated in the women's team competition with Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu. They were beaten 0–3 by Japan in the semifinals, but took the bronze medal on 7 August 2012 by edging South Korea out 3–0. Feng defeated Kim Kyung Ah 11–9, 11–8, 4–11, 13–11; and Li also successfully fended off Seok Ha Jung 11–5, 11–8, 6–11, 11–8. Li and Wang then succeeded in the doubles game against Seok and Dang Ye Seo 11–9, 11–6, 6–11, 11–5. This marked the first time Singapore had won more than one medal at an Olympic Games. Feng commented: "Against Japan, we gave ourselves too much pressure and lost the psychological battle. After that, I told myself that I must prepare myself well mentally and it's only when I do what I'm capable of that I can win."[38]

Competitive results[edit]

Event Medal Date Competition
2007
Women's singles[9] Silver 26 August 2007 ITTF Pro Tour Chinese Taipei Open
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
2008
Women's team[39]
(with Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu, Sun Beibei and Yu Mengyu)
Silver 1 March 2008 Evergrande Real Estate World Team Table Tennis Championships
Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China
Women's singles[40] Silver 29–30 March 2008 2008 Asian Cup
Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan
Women's singles[8] Bronze 27 April 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Chile Open
Santiago, Chile
Women's team[12]
(with Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu)
Silver 24 May 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Volkswagen Japan Open
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Women's singles[11] Bronze 8 June 2008 ITTF Pro Tour TMS Singapore Open
Singapore
Women's team[14]
(with Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu)
Silver 13–17 August 2008 2008 Summer Olympics
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Women's singles[20] Bronze 9 September 2008 ITTF Volkswagen Women's World Cup
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Women's team[21]
(with Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu)
Gold 22 November 2008 ITTF Pro Tour ERKE German Open
Berlin, Germany
Women's singles[22] Gold 30 November 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Polish Open
Warsaw, Poland
Women's doubles[22]
(with Yu Mengyu)
Silver 30 November 2008 ITTF Pro Tour Polish Open
Warsaw, Poland
2009
Women's singles[25] Gold 23 August 2009 ITTF Pro Tour KAL Cup Polish Open
Seoul, South Korea
Women's team[26]
(with Sim Kaixin Zena, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Gold 10 December 2009 25th Southeast Asian Games
Vientiane, Laos
Women's doubles[27] Silver 14 December 2009 25th Southeast Asian Games
Vientiane, Laos
Mixed doubles[27] Silver 14 December 2009 25th Southeast Asian Games
Vientiane, Laos
Women's singles[28] Gold 15 December 2009 25th Southeast Asian Games
Vientiane, Laos
2010
Women's singles[41] Silver 30 March 2010 Volkswagen 2010 Cup
Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China
Women's team[29]
(with Li Jiawei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Gold 30 May 2010 Liebherr World Team Table Tennis Championships
Moscow, Russia
Women's doubles
(with Wang Yuegu)
Top 16 13 August 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Korea Open
Seoul, South Korea
Women's singles Silver 15 August 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Korea Open
Seoul, South Korea
Women's doubles
(with Wang Yuegu)
Top 8 20 August 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Harmony China Open
Suzhou, People's Republic of China
Women's singles
(with Wang Yuegu)
Top 8 21 August 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Harmony China Open
Suzhou, People's Republic of China
Women's team
(with Li Jiawei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Gold 8 October 2010 2010 Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, India
Mixed doubles
(with Gao Ning)
Silver 12 October 2010 2010 Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, India
Women's singles Gold 13 October 2010 2010 Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, India
Women's doubles
(with Wang Yuegu)
Silver 14 October 2010 2010 Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, India
Women's doubles
(with Wang Yuegu)
Top 8 23 October 2010 ITTF Pro Tour LIEBHERR Austrian Open
Wels, Austria
Women's singles
Top 16 23 October 2010 ITTF Pro Tour LIEBHERR Austrian Open
Wels, Austria
Women's team
(with Li Jiawei, Sun Beibei, Wang Yuegu and Yu Mengyu)
Silver 16 November 2010 2010 Asian Games
Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China
Women's singles Gold 19 December 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
Seoul, South Korea
2012
Women's singles Bronze 1 August 2012 2012 Summer Olympics
London, United Kingdom
Women's team[38]
(with Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu)
Bronze 7 August 2012 2012 Summer Olympics
London, United Kingdom

ITTF Pro Tour[edit]

Event 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012
Austrian Open – Singles Top 16
Austrian Open – Doubles Top 8
China Open – Singles Top 4 NH
China Open – Doubles Top 4 NH
Harmony China Open – Singles Top 8 Top 8
Harmony China Open – Doubles NH Top 8
English Open – Singles Top 4 NH
English Open – Doubles Top 4 NH
German Open – Singles Top 16 Top 4
German Open – Doubles Top 8 Top 8
Korean Open – Singles 1st 2nd
Korean Open – Doubles Top 8 Top 16
Kuwait Open – Singles Top 16
Kuwait Open – Doubles Top 8
Polish Open – Singles 1st Top 4 DNP
Polish Open – Doubles 2nd Top 8 DNP
Qatar Open – Singles Top 16
Qatar Open – Doubles Top 16
ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals – Singles Top 4 1st
ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals – Doubles Top 8
  • NH: Not held
  • DNP: Did not participate

Other competitions[edit]

Event 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012
Asian Games – Singles NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH Top 8
Asian Games – Doubles NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH Top 8
Asian Games – Mixed NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH Top 32
Asian Games – Team NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH 2nd
Commonwealth Games – Singles NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH 1st
Commonwealth Games – Doubles NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH 2nd
Commonwealth Games – Mixed NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH 2nd
Commonwealth Games – Team NH NH NH DNP NH NH NH 1st
Olympic Games – Singles DNP NH NH NH Top 8 NH NH 3rd
Olympic Games – Team DNP NH NH NH 2nd NH NH 3rd
Southeast Asian Games – Singles DNP NH DNP NH DNP NH 1st NH
Southeast Asian Games – Doubles DNP NH DNP NH DNP NH 2nd NH
Southeast Asian Games – Mixed DNP NH DNP NH DNP NH 2nd NH
Southeast Asian Games – Team DNP NH DNP NH DNP NH 1st NH
Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions – Singles Top 8
World Table Tennis Championships – Singles Top 8
World Table Tennis Championships – Doubles Top 8
World Table Tennis Championships – Mixed Top 16
World Table Tennis Championships – Team 1st

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c World ranking record for FENG Tianwei (SIN), International Table Tennis Federation, 8 April 2010, retrieved 10 April 2010 ; Chan U-Gene (10 April 2010), Paddler Feng moves up world rankings to No. 2, The Straits Times: A3 .
  3. ^ a b Terrence Voon (5 December 2008), Feng is new S'pore No. 1, The Straits Times (Sport): D5 .
  4. ^ a b c d Athlete biography: FENG Tianwei, Beijing 2008, Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, 2008, archived from the original on 18 August 2008, retrieved 18 August 2008 .
  5. ^ a b c d Chua Chin Hon (16 August 2008), Match-winner: Win over tenacious rival gives Feng 'best birthday present', The Straits Times: C36 .
  6. ^ Chua Chin Hon (17 August 2008), Medal dreams come true: Gutsy Feng rewards parents' toil and sacrifice, The Straits Times: A4 .
  7. ^ a b Tan Hui Yee (26 August 2008), The priceless power of the dream, The Straits Times: A26 .
  8. ^ a b c Ian Marshall (27 April 2008), Number one seed reserves place in women's singles final in Santiago, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 22 August 2008 .
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  14. ^ a b China women take gold, International Herald Tribune, 17 August 2008 .
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  18. ^ Jeanette Wang; Lin Xinyi; Valerie Chia (26 August 2008), Cheers and national honours for winning trio, The Straits Times: A6 ; Tan Yo-Hinn (26 August 2008), A party 48 years in the making: Team Singapore return to a grand heroes' welcome, Today: 31 [dead link].
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  23. ^ See also Bennie Cheok (8 December 2008), Feng's ultimate goal a singles Olympic medal? [letter], The Straits Times: A18 .
  24. ^ Leonard Thomas (31 December 2008), The brightest star of all: Table tennis star Li Jiawei is TODAY's Singapore Athlete of the Year 2008, Today: 24, archived from the original on 1 January 2009 .
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  27. ^ a b c Lin Xinyi (15 December 2009), Sun and Yu stun Feng and Wang, The Straits Times: B8 ; Low Lin Fhoong (15 December 2009), Sun, Yu retain doubles crown, Today: 48, archived from the original on 16 December 2009 .
  28. ^ a b Lin Xinyi (16 December 2009), Table toppers: Singapore paddlers sweep singles golds to finish on a high, The Straits Times: B10 ; Low Lin Fhoong (16 December 2009), It will be a big year for table tennis: Feng and Gao Ning win final two golds, as STTA chief looks ahead to 2010, Today: 65, archived from the original on 16 December 2009 .
  29. ^ a b Ian Marshall (30 May 2010), Singapore sensation, champions of the world, dramatic scenes in Moscow, International Table Tennis Federation, archived from the original on 31 May 2010, retrieved 31 May 2010 ; Lin Xinyi (31 May 2010), World champions: A gritty Feng leads Singapore to their first table tennis world title, The Straits Times: B9 ; World champs!: S'pore beat favourites China in World Team Table Tennis C'ships, Today, 31 May 2010: 1, archived from the original on 31 May 2010 ; Shamir Osman (31 May 2010), Feng stars in world champs' story: Singapore rock sports world as they stun China in women's team event, Today: 22, archived from the original on 31 May 2010 ; Lin Xinyi (1 June 2010), How the Singapore team turned the tables on the giants, The Straits Times: A10 .
  30. ^ Peh Shing Huei (1 June 2010), Shock loss 'good': Chinese admit their dominance is hurting table tennis, The Straits Times (Sport): B6–B7 .
  31. ^ Lin Xinyi (13 February 2010), Feng wins STTA's top award, The Straits Times: B22 .
  32. ^ Leonard Lim (4 May 2010), Feng is top star: Women's table tennis bags a double, but no Sportsman of the Year again, The Straits Times: B8 ; Low Lin Fhoong (4 May 2010), Feng the brightest star: Paddler named Sportswoman of the Year, Ting Wen receives special accolade, Today: 24, archived from the original on 5 May 2010 .
  33. ^ Paddler Feng Tianwei is S'pore's flag bearer at Olympics Opening, The Straits Times, 16 June 2012 .
  34. ^ London 2012 Olympic Games: Complete Women's Singles Seeding (PDF), ITTF, 8 July 2012, archived from the original on 2 August 2012 .
  35. ^ Tan Yo-Hinn (1 August 2012), Valiant Feng beaten: Singapore's World No 8 must now focus on bronze medal play-off after loss to Ding, Today, archived from the original on 2 August 2012 .
  36. ^ Singapore win their first medal, Channel NewsAsia, 1 August 2012 ; Terrence Voon (2 August 2012), Finally, after 52 years ... S'pore win individual Olympic medal – thanks to Feng Tianwei, The Straits Times: 1 ; Terrence Voon (2 August 2012), Tension to domination: Before trouncing Ishikawa, Feng admits she was nervous all the way, The Straits Times: B20 ; Rohit Brijnath (2 August 2012), The weight of Feng's deed is huge for Singapore, The Straits Times: B20 ; Tan Yo-Hinn (2 August 2012), A 'historic day' for S'pore sports, Today: 2, archived from the original on 2 August 2012 .
  37. ^ Tan Yo-Hinn (2 August 2012), Yes, she's finally done it: Paddler Feng's feat reverberates throughout Team Singapore camp, Today: 56, archived from the original on 2 August 2012 .
  38. ^ a b May Chen (8 August 2012), A triumph of wills: Tweaking line-up pays off but S'pore team also praised for bouncing back, The Straits Times: B26 ; Terrence Voon (8 August 2012), Women's team clinch 2nd bronze for Singapore, The Straits Times: 1, "[I]t is the first time that Singapore will be heading home from any Olympics with more than one medal" . See also Terrence Voon (8 August 2012), Bronze marks end of an era: The STTA's priority now should be to rebuild a new team around Feng, The Straits Times: B27 ; Philip Goh (8 August 2012), S'pore paddlers clinch team bronze, Today: 1, archived from the original on 8 August 2012 ; Tan Yo-Hinn (8 August 2012), Jiawei's starring role: Veteran paddler's experience helps S'pore to women's team bronze medal, Today: 60, archived from the original on 8 August 2012 .
  39. ^ Ian Marshall (1 March 2008), Singapore provides severe test as China retain women's team world title, International Table Tennis Federation, retrieved 16 August 2008 .
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  41. ^ Ian Marshall (30 March 2010), Playing at home, Liu Shiwen steers safe path to hat-trick of major titles, ITTF, retrieved 1 April 2010 ; Lin Xinyi (31 March 2010), Feng falls to Liu again: S'porean loses to world No. 1 for fourth time, this time in Volkswagen final, The Straits Times (Sport): B10 ; Tan Yo-Hinn (31 March 2010), Feng falls: China's world No 1 Liu brushes aside Singaporean star to lift title, Today: 59 .

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Li Jiawei
Flagbearer for  Singapore
London 2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent