LONDON: World number one Wang Shixian’s hopes of winning the world title ended in the quarter-finals at Wembley, beaten 21-16, 21-17 by Taiwan’s Cheng Shao Chieh. Seventh-seed Cheng had great energy and an attacking mentality — assets she used enthusiastically to her advantage. Cheng’s only negative moment was when she took too long for the umpire’s liking while flicking sweat from her brow, and was shown a yellow card. Cheng now plays another surprise semi-finalist, Juliane Schenk of Germany, who outplayed Tine Baun, the former All-England champion from Denmark, 21-9, 21-11.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2011.