Doo Hoi Kem, steadfast, consistent
Consistency, in whatever aspect, it is a key factor to success; it is a fact underlined by Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem.
She is named on the entry list for the Dishang 2020 Women’s World Cup to be staged in Weihai from Sunday 8th to Tuesday 10th November.
Consider the world rankings; in the past three years, the now 20 year old as never appeared outside the top 20 names. In October 2017, she was listed at no.19, having the previous month stood at no.32. She reached a career high of no.9 in January and February 2018; earlier this year in April when COVID-19 brought an abrupt end to international play, she appeared in the no.15 spot.
Established, equally she has established herself as a most worthy competitor in the Women’s World Cup, worthy performances, after not the best of starts.
On debut in 2015 in the Japanese city of Sendai, she did not win a match, in the group phase she was beaten by both Li Jiao of the Netherlands and Egypt’s Dina Meshref.
Disappointment but since that date, always the exit has been a main draw close call. In 2017 in Markham and 2019 in Chengdu, it was a first round departure; in the former she was beaten in seven games by Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu, in the latter she suffered at the hands of Germany’s Petrissa Solja, she was beaten in six games.
Meanwhile, sandwiched in between in 2018, also in Chengdu, after recording a first round success in six games when facing Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, as in Markham, Chinese Taipei proved the nemesis; by the same margin she experienced defeat when facing Chen Szu-Yu.
Note is the margins of the contest; all hard fought, no extremes, no mind boggling wins that send supporters into hysterics, no disastrous defeats.
Steadfast, the quality is reflected in her style of play, some may hit the ball harder, some may impart more spin but few can match the level of consistency displayed by Doo Hoi Kem.
At counter top spin play she excels, keeping the ball on the table tests not only the technical skills of the opponent, more significantly the mental attributes; there is no scope for a lull in concentration when facing Doo Hoi Kem. Equally task risks and you could well come unstuck.
Testing times ahead for Doo Hoi Kem in illustrious company, moreover, testing times for her opponents!
Editor: Ian Marshall