Hong Kong fencers were foiled again after failing to secure their first medal in the women's team sabre competition. Hoping to win the SAR's first fencing medal in the bronze medal playoff against Japan, they folded under pressure again when they lost to the Japanese 45-42. Hong Kong coach Wang Ruiji was disappointed they were unable to finish off the Japanese after leading 30-29 at one stage. 'It was very close. Unfortunately, we couldn't close out a victory and it was frustrating to watch because we really should have won the match,' said Wang. 'The Japanese came back at us strongly and kept up the pressure. Even when we were leading 20-18, they didn't panic. It was so close but they deserved to win in the end because they were the more consistent team.' Wang said he was hoping Hong Kong would finally snare a medal after the SAR lost their bronze medal playoff in the men's team foil competition [45-23] three days ago. 'We also lost to the Japanese in the men's team foil. We must learn how to close out a victory if we are to win a medal.' In table tennis, the SAR's women's team were beaten by heavy favourites China 3-0 in the team quarter-finals. Hong Kong had moved convincingly into the last eight following group wins over South Korea (3-1) and Pakistan (3-0) but came up against world power China in the knockout stages. World and Olympic champion Wang Nan dealt the SAR a blow when she defeated Lau Sui-fei 5-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-8 in the opening rubber as Lau was surprisingly named number one ahead of Tie Yana. Tie, the player who was reinstated after Lin Ling and Zhang Rui were sent home because they were not eligible to compete in Pusan, offered token resistance in her rubber against Zhang Yining, who won 11-4, 11-9, 11-4. Niu Jianfeng gave China the tie when she outplayed Song Ah-sim 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6. The men's table tennis team fared better, beating Japan 3-2 in their final Group A match before defeating Vietnam 3-0 in the quarter-finals. Cheung Yuk won the tie for Hong Kong against Japan, taking the deciding rubber against Koji Matsushita, 11-8, 14-12, 7-11, 14-12. Cheung, Ko Lai-chak and Leung Chu-yan then easily accounted for Vietnam. they will have a much tougher against China in today's semi-final. Hong Kong bodybuilder Lam Man-shing qualified for the final in the 90-kg category. Lam, 27, could win the SAR's first bodybuilding medal as he takes on five other competitors in the medal round today. There was no such joy for the SAR's golfers in the men's competition after Lee Man-lok and Tang Wai-chiu posted disastrous first-round results. Lee and Tang were in joint 41st position after carding 10-over-par 82s. Taiwan's Cheng Chen-liang and Shiv Kapur of India tamed the course with two-under-par 72s.