The result was as the World Rankings predicted but perhaps not as history in the Volkswagen Women�s World Cup suggested.
Singapore�s Feng Tianwei overcame Hong Kong�s Tie Yana in the opening match of proceedings in Group Four on Saturday 10th October 2009. She won in five games, succeeding 11-7, 13-11, 11-2, 6-11, 12-10.
Ranked no.7 on the current ITTF Women�s World Rankings, the powerful Feng Tianwei, who had been a major force in Singapore�s Women�s Team silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, was the favourite to beat Tie Yana.
The Hong Kong player is to some extent is in free fall.
One year ago, in October 2008, Tie Yana occupied the no.9 ranked spot, having in July 2006 been as high as no.3; sadly for Hong Kong she is now at no.18, her lowest ranking since she occupied that place in August 2002 and was ascending the heights.
However, at the Volkswagen Women�s World Cup in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur in 2008, Tie Yana had beaten Feng Tianwei at the semi-final stage and in so doing had enjoyed her best ever finish in the annual tournament.
Tie Yana won in four straight games, a result that belied previous results against Feng Tianwei. The Singaporean had won all three previous encounters and had won with a degree of comfort.
In November 2007, she won in five games in the second round of the Women�s Singles event at the French Open, then in 2008 she succeed by the same margin at the same stage of the Erke Qatar Open in March and in four straight games at the penultimate stage in Santiago in April.
At the Volkswagen Women�s World Cup in 2009 it was very much: normal service resumed.
Success for Feng Tianwei in Group Four and also for Korea�s Kim Kyung Ah; she accounted for Hungary�s Krisztina Toth, in five games.
Kim Kyung Ah won 13-11, 13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7.
It was the fourth time that Kim Kyung Ah and Krisztina Toth had met in a World Ranking event; it was the fourth time that Kim Kyung Ah had won.
She succeeded in June 2003 at the quarter-final stage of the Women�s Singles event at the Brazilian Open and in the same round in November 2005 at the Liebherr German Open; whilst in May 2008 she was victorious in the Women�s Team Event opening round at the Volkswagen Open Japan.
In Guangzhou one year later she was successful again.