2020 ITTF World Team Qualification Tournament
Wednesday 22nd – Sunday 26th January
Final team places booked for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Part 2)
Eventual success it was the same for Hong Kong China but a reverse scenario. The top seeds, the women’s team comprising Doo Hoi Kem, Lee Ho Ching and Minnie Soo Wai Yam emerged victorious in their one and only contest required. They secured a 3-0 win in opposition to the no.22 seeds, the Belarus combination of Nadezhda Bogdanova, Viktoria Pavlovich and Daria Trigolos.
Conversely, with Ho Kwan Kit, Lam Siu Hang and Wong Chun Ting on duty, after clinching a closely contested 3-2 win against the no.30 seeds, Singapore’s Josh Chua Shao Han, Pang Yew En Koen and Clarence Chew, a surprise 3-2 defeat was experienced at the hands of the no.27 seeds, Serbia’s Marko Jevtovic, Zsolt Peto and Dimitrije Levajac.
Thus it was the play-off for the one available further place. A 3-1 success was the outcome against the no.23 seeds, Poland’s Samuel Kulczycki, Marek Badowski and Jakub Dyas, before there was a change of plan.
Ng Pak Nam replaced Lam Siu Hang in the line-up, partnering Ho Kwan Kit in the doubles. The tactic worked, a 3-0 win was recorded against the no.18 seeds, Slovakia’s Lubomir Pistej, Alexander Valuch and Wang Yang, before the same margin of victory was secured against the Czech Republic. Just as earlier in the tournament against Korea Republic, the Czech Republic selected Tomas Polansky, Pavel Sirucek and Lubomir Jancarik.
Similarly, there were no changes to the Singapore selection in the women’s event.
The no.3 seeds, the trio formed by Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye recorded a 3-1 win against the no.20 seeds, the Luxembourg combination of Ni Xia Lian, Sara de Nutte and Tessy Gonderinger prior to posting a 3-2 win against the no.11 seeds, the Netherlands combination of Li Jiao, Li Jie and Britt Eerland.
Alas for India, Thailand, Iran and Malaysia it was not to be the outcome desired; the team event opportunity has gone; places in the individual events are still possible.
The ITTF World Singles Qualification Tournament will be staged in Doha from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May.