Singapore women denied a medal

18th November, Guangzhou: Singapore's Cherie Tan and Geraldine Ng, who finished third in the Women's Doubles first squad at the 16th Asian Games were denied a medal when they slipped down to seventh after the second squad ended on Thirsday evening. Cherie Tan and Geraldine Ng had a good start in the Women's Doubles Squad A opening game with 428 to trail Japan's Misaki Mukotani and Kanako Ishimine. But the duo slipped down the field after managing only 400, 404 and 397 in their next three games.

Although they fought back galantly with 488 and 418 in the last two games, Tan and Ng finished third with 2535 behind leader, Choi Jin-A and Gang Hye-Eun of Korea, who topped the field with 2687.

The Korean pair erased the record of 2671 set by Michelle Kwang and Valerie Teo of Singapore at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan and Jazreel Tan finished fourth behind their compatriots with 2488.

In the second squad, Chinese Taipei's Wang Yu-Ling and Tang Ya Chun had set the early pace but slipped away as China's Yang Suling and Xhang Yu Hong led for two games.   Korea's third pair of Son Jun-Hee and Hong Su Yeon topped the squad with 2664 but fell short by 23 pins to overhaul their team-mates and Squad A leader to settled for the silver medal with 2664. Korea's second pair of Hwang Sun-Ok and Jeon Eun-Hee, who finished third overall with 2603 had to give up their bronze medal due to the Asian Games rules. China earned the bronze medal with 2593.

Singles silver and bronze medalists, Shayna Ng and New Hui Fen never got into their winning strides ending in tenth int he squad with 2339 and 21st position overall.

Cherie Tan lies in eighth in the All Events standings with 2542, two spots ahead of Shayna Ng in tenth with 2534. Geraldine Ng and New Hui Fen are 12th and 13th while Jazreel is 19th and Jasmine 21st positions.

Hwang Sun-Ok, Son Jun-Hee and Hong Su-Yeon occupied the top three positions with 2764, 2695 and 2596 respectively. Only the top two from each NOC can advance to the Masters finals.   Competition will resume with the Men's Trios first block of 3 games over long oil pattern on Friday morning and the Women's Trios in the afternoon. The second block will be contested on Saurturday, November 20 to decide the winners.

Detailed scores: Women's Doubles Combined | Women's Doubles Squad B | Women's Doubles Squad A. Photos by Terence Yaw in Guangzhou.