Tie Yana lifted Hong Kong's first-ever Asian Cup women's singles title in Kitakyushu, Japan, after destroying home favourite Ai Fukuhara 4-2 in yesterday's final. The 25-year-old Hong Kong number one was always able to get the better of the 16-year-old Fukuhara, ranked 32nd in the world, as she completed one of her finest victories to boost her confidence ahead of next month's World Championships in Shanghai. 'This is brilliant,' said world number nine Tie, who partnered Cheung Yuk to win Hong Kong gold in the Asian Games in Pusan in 2002. 'I played very well and I knew the crowd was going to be for Fukuhara, who is one of the rising stars of the sports. I just focused on my game and did my best.' Tie defeated Singapore's Li Jia Wei 4-3 in the semi-finals in the morning before she returned to the Kitakyushu Media Dome, where she came up against one of Japan's most famous female athletes. Fukuhara had a brilliant run right up to the final, defeating players who were much higher ranked than her. Li had been the highest-ranked player left in the competition as the world number six, but Tie played a fluid, attacking game to finally wear down the Singaporean's resistance to enter her first Asian Cup final. In the final, Fukuhara received vociferous support from her fans, but Tie proved too strong for her in a lop-sided match. 'Fukuhara is coming up in the world of table tennis and she's only 16. But she needs a bit more experience. I am really glad to have won because I finished third in this competition in 2003,' said Tie who defeated Fukuhara 12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2, 12-10. Tie has been in fine form all week, advancing to the semi-finals after an emphatic 4-1 win over South Korea's Moon Hyun-jung. Tie's teammate, Lau Sui-fai was beaten by Fukuhara in the semi-finals. Hong Kong had never won the women's singles at the Asian Cup before. Not even retired star players like Chai Po-wa or Chan Tan-lui had managed the feat, but Hong Kong women's coach Li Huifen said the win boded well. 'This will be a huge confidence booster for Tie Yana for the upcoming World Championships in Shanghai. We've been preparing for this tournament for a long time and we hope Tie will finish among the top three in singles She might even be good enough for the gold, we will just have to wait and see.'