History repeated itself as Hong Kong lost to Singapore 3-1 in a thrilling women's team quarter-finals at the Al-Arabi Sports Club last night. The defeat was a repeat of the last games in Pusan four years ago when the SAR were eliminated by the Singaporeans at the same stage. 'The result was disappointing, but you have to accept it,' said dejected Hong Kong women's coach Li Huifen. 'While China are the undisputed top team, others are very close. Singapore were more determined to win tonight. 'I would say the defeat has more to do with mental things rather than ability. The players need to know how to tackle their opponents in an event like the Asian Games.' The huge disappointment was etched on the faces of Tie Yana and Lin Ling, the SAR's first and second-ranked singles players. While Lin made no comment on her way to the exit, a weary Tie needed the comfort of teammate Lau Sui-fei, who scored Hong Kong's sole point. 'Tie has been troubled by a neck injury recently and she lost two matches tonight,' added the coach. 'She also lost two matches to Singapore four years ago in Pusan. She must be very upset.' A victory would have ensured Hong Kong of at least a bronze medal in Doha but the women now have to turn their hopes to the individual events which start tomorrow. 'The defeat may not be a bad thing considering the individual events that lie ahead and hopefully they now realise that they have to work hard for their success,' said Li. Tie, who lost in the team quarters four years ago, recovered to win gold in the mixed doubles. Hong Kong women's team have enjoyed great success recently, finishing second at the world championship behind China in May and winning the Asian championships in South Korea last year. 'We were a bit conservative tonight, always thinking how to preserve the world number two ranking and were too afraid to attack,' said Lau. Lau Sui-fei, the third singles player, gave Hong Kong hope after she held her nerve to beat Zhang Xueling 3-2. Hong Kong had already trailed by two points after Lin and Tie lost to Li Jia Wei and Sun Bei Bei in the first two singles respectively. In the opening tie, Lin, the reigning Asian champion, was no match for Li as she lost to the Singaporean 3-1. Li easily took the first two sets 11-8, 11-6 before Lin pulled one back 12-10 after deuce. Cheered on by a big crowd, Li made no mistake as she wrapped up the tie 11-6. Hong Kong then relied on world number five Tie to close the gap, but against Sun, who is ranked 41, Tie was thrashed 11-7, 11-9, 11-7. In the reverse singles, Tie lacked confidence against Li, who beat her in the semi-finals of the World Cup in October. Tie lost a close first set 12-10 then fell apart 11-3, 11-5. In the semi-finals, Singapore will meet defending champions North Korea, while South Korea take on China.