Story by Nicole Lum/Red Sports. Photos by Laura Lee/Red Sports
OCBC Arena, June 7, Sunday, 2015 — The Singapore women’s sabre team comprising of Sharmaine Cheung, Lau Ywen, Ann Lee and Christabel Yong clinched the bronze medal after their 45–36 defeat against defending champions Vietnam in the semi-final at the fencing competition 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The semi-final started with Singapore’s Ann Lee closing the first match behind Vietnam by four points (1–5). In the next match, outstanding play by Ywen Lau stole the lead from Vietnam as the Singaporean scored nine touches and limited opponent Nguyen Thi Thuy Chung to only four.
However, the advantage for the Singaporeans did not last for long as they trailed the Vietnamese once again with a score of 15–11 at the end of the third bout.
The subsequent two matches saw the lead change hands twice. While the Singaporeans lagged behind Vietnam by a slim margin of two to three points in the sixth and seventh match, the penultimate bout saw the latter pull away to a substantial lead of eight points (40–32). Hence, the semi-final concluded with the 45–36 victory to the Vietnamese.
Joining the hosts as bronze medalists are Indonesia, who went down to Thailand 38–45 in their semi-final.
Women’s Team Sabre Semi-Final Results
Singapore vs Vietnam
1st match 1–5 (1–5)
2nd match 9–4 (10–9)
3rd match 1–6 (11–15)
4th match 9–3 (20–18)
5th match 3–7 (23–25)
6th match 7–3 (30–28)
7th match 2–7 (32–35)
8th match 0–5 (32–40)
9th match 4–5 (36–45)
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