Press Release

August 3, 2012

YIP GETS THUMBS UP FROM FOK

YIP GETS THUMBS UP FROM FOK
YIP GETS THUMBS UP FROM FOK

LONDON, August 3: Yip Pui-yin got a comforting pat on the back by Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee President Mr. Timothy T.T. FOK who labeled the young badminton star as the future of the sport after she bowed out in the quarterfinals of the women’s singles event in London.

Fok, who was amongst the large entourage of Hong Kong Olympic Committee officials who watched the quarterfinal clash between the local ace and China’s Li Xuerui, praised Yip for her courage and fortitude despite the straight games loss.

“She is a natural talent and in spite of the result, I believe she can go a long way in the future,” Fok said. “It wasn’t easy for her as she was up against a player higher ranked than her in the world, but I’m sure this experience will do her a whole deal of good.”

Yip, ranked 23 and unseeded, went down 21-12, 22-20 to Li, the reigning All-England Open champion who is ranked fourth in the singles. Yip is the second Hong Kong player to reach the quarterfinals at the Olympics.

“I played far better than I did in Beijing four years ago, unfortunately I didn’t take all the chances that came my way,” said a crestfallen Yip who pushed her illustrious opponent all the way.

Yip had four game points leading Li 20-16 in the second game but failed to hold her nerve to allow her opponent to come storming back and win the next six points to clinch the tie.

“It is the nature of the game. She couldn’t quite cope with the pressure but she has shown all of us that she is a sound prospect for the future,” Fok added.