Carman Chan Ka-man sprung a silver surprise yesterday. The 31-year-old took advantage of a dream draw to win Hong Kong's first-ever Asian Games karate medal. In less than 15 minutes, Chan found herself in the gold medal playoff after defeating unheralded Macanese player Kwan Man-fei 9-1 in her opening round match in the women's under-60 kilogramme kumite. She had gained a first-round bye, meaning she only needed to beat Kwan to reach the final. In one single bound, Chan was vying for gold, but she failed to match Malaysia's Premila Supramaniam in the final after the Malaysian won by a convincing 4-0 margin. 'I wasn't surprised that I was going to win a medal. I had a very good draw. I didn't have to play in the preliminary round,' admitted Chan, a former merchandiser, who is now jobless. 'The Malaysian was too good for me in the final. Some of the best karate players in Asia come from Malaysia, so I knew it was going to be tough,' she said. Chan will earn $125,000 from the Sports Development Board for taking silver in an event that was contested by just seven players. Chan's silver brought Hong Kong's medal tally to four gold, four silver and nine bronze. The SAR will also win at least another bronze after female badminton star Wang Chen reached the semi-finals of women's singles. The deft touches were back. The confidence and the positive frame of mind were in evidence as world number four Wang guaranteed the SAR a second bronze medal in badminton. The medal will not be officially counted until after tomorrow night's victory ceremony. The 26-year-old mainland-born SAR star needed just 22 minutes to dispose of South Korea's Jun Jae-youn 11-1, 11-0 in a match Hong Kong coach Chan Chi-choi described as 'almost perfect'. 'That's the best I have seen Wang Chen play all week. She was very good. She didn't do very well in the team competition last week and even yesterday in the first round [of singles], she wasn't great. But she put it all together to play a very steady game,' said Chan. 'She put pressure on her Korean opponent from the start and didn't give her a chance. Wang's placements were really accurate. I was most satisfied with her performance.' There had been fears of unfair officiating after the South Korean linesmen came under heavy fire on Wednesday when Indonesia temporarily withdrew from the men's team final against South Korea. But Jun was never in a position to work up the crowd as Wang gave her opponent a lesson in the finer arts of the game. Playing with a potent mixture of drop shots and deceptive half smashes, Wang was absolutely cruising against the world number 29 to earn a semi-final confrontation with top seed Zhou Mi of China. World champion Zhou was equally impressive in her 11-4, 11-0 victory over Kanako Yonekura and is hot favourite to reach tomorrow's final. Boasting a 4-0 head-to-head record against Wang, the 23-year-old Zhou last defeated the Hong Kong star in Monday's team semi-finals. 'Wang is a good player for the big occasion and she has a chance to defeat Zhou. If she plays as well as she did this afternoon, she will be close. Whether she will topple Zhou or not, I don't know, but I know she is capable of pulling of a surprise victory,' said Chan. Zhou has also beaten Wang in the Grand Prix finals in Brunei and the Uber Cup semi-finals in Guangzhou. The Korean Open semi-finals last year was the only time in their previous meetings that Wang had managed to take a game off her more illustrious opponent. 'I thought I played very well and I think I have a chance against Zhou,' said Wang. 'She is not invincible and I will do my utmost to beat her. My game is coming back and I will be ready against Zhou.' Wang remained Hong Kong's sole hope in singles after Ng Wei and Tam Lok-tin were knocked out in the men's. Ng lost to Malaysia's Wong Choon Hann 15-8, 3-15, 15-5, while Tam had no answer to South Korea's Shon Seung-mo, going down 15-4, 15-4 in second-round matches. In women's doubles, Hong Kong were eliminated in the first round. Li Wing-mui and Louisa Koon Wai-chee were beaten by Thailand's Saralee Thoungthongkam and Sathinee Jankrajangwong 11-9, 11-2, while Indonesia's Emma Ermawati and Vita Marissa handed Hong Kong's Siu Ching-man and Ling Wan-ting a 11-2, 11-1 defeat. Chan said he was highly satisfied with the SAR's performance, saying they had done as well as they were expected to. 'Realistically, we were looking at two medals and we fulfilled those hopes by winning two medals in the women's events. Our athletes have performed creditably. They all played well,' said Chan.