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Apart impressive, together imperious

Friday 13 September

2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships

Yogyakarta, Friday 13th September

 

Apart impressive, together imperious

The first name on the team sheets, Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem lead Hong Kong in the respective men’s and women’s competitions at the forthcoming 2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Play commences on Sunday 15th September.

Both are right handed; both excel in the rallies, both possess high levels of consistency but that is where the similarity stops. Wong Chun Ting is a pen-holder who delights in executing his top spin skills a step back from the table. Rather differently, the forte for Doo Hoi Kem is playing close to the table, Wong Chun Ting takes risks in his exuberance; Doo Hoi Kem is safe and sound.

In the men’s singles event in Yogyakarta, following the withdrawal of Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yin-Ju, Wong Chun Ting is the no.7 seed, in the women’s singles, Doo Hoi Kem is no.9 in the order of merit.

Apart they are formidable opponents but it is together where they excel. Currently they head the ITTF World Tour mixed doubles standings, notably having won in Australia and in the Korea Republic. Furthermore, last December they emerged the winners at the 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals; in Indonesia they are the no.3 seeds.

Major contenders for a podium finish, it is the same in the men’s doubles and women’s doubles events, both combining with tried and trusted partners. Wong Chun Ting joins forces with Ho Kwan Kit, Doo Hoi Kem lines up alongside Lee Ho Ching.

Notably on the ITTF World Tour Ho Kwan Kit and Wong Chun Ting won in 2016 in Slovenia, 2018 in Hong Kong and earlier this year in Qatar; additionally they were the runners up at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in 2017 in Astana and 2018 in Incheon. Somewhat similarly, in 2016 Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching succeeded in Croatia. In Yogyakarta both pairs occupy the no.4 seeded position.

Meanwhile, in the men’s team event Wong Chun Ting and Ho Kwan Kit line up alongside Lam Siu Hang, Ng Pak Nam and Kwan Man Ho, all players who showed great promise in junior days but as yet have not established themselves at senior level.

Nevertheless the no.5 seeds, a place on the podium is not out of the question; however for their female counterparts it is more realistic. Minnie Soo Wai Yam is very much the player who will no doubt gain selection alongside Do Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching; Chau Wing Sze and Zhu Chengzhu being very much present to add to the experience bank.

Notably at the London 2018 Team World Cup, with Doo Hoi Kem, Lee Ho Ching and Minnie Soo Wai Yam on duty, third place was achieved in the women’s event; later in the year it was the same outcome for the trio at the Liebherr World Team Championships in Halmstad. The semi-final defeat at the hands of China was a fixture to remember, in the opening contest Minnie Soo Wai Yam beat Ding Ning in straight games.

Same again, in Yogyakarta, in the women’s team event, Hong Kong occupies the no.3 seeded position.

Editor: Ian Marshall

Photo Credit: Remy Gros/ITTF

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