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Olympic Games: Chen I-Ching the nemesis for Hong Kong

Tuesday 08 June

A quarter-final place in the women’s singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, when on debut in the multi-sport gathering, Cheng I-Ching is very much the player to whom Chinese Taipei looks to achieve unprecedented heights in the women’s team competition at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Cheng I-Ching, pivotal to Chinese Taipei's hopes

Play in the in the competition commences on Sunday 1st August in the Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Moreover, Chinese Taipei looks to Cheng I-Ching to keep her perfect record against Hong Kong; three times opponents in major world events in the past five years.

At the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships staged in late August and early March, at the quarter-final stage Chinese Taipei recorded a 3-2 win against Hong Kong. Cheng I-Ching beat both Tie Yana and Doo Hoi Kem, the icing on the cake being the win recorded by Chen Szu-Yu in the vital fifth match of the engagement when opposing Tie Yana.

Defeat at the semi-final stage when opposing China but a watershed moment. It was only Chinese Taipei’s second ever medal in the event, the previous being silver in 2000 in Kuala Lumpur.

Originally from China, later transferring her allegiance to Chinese Taipei, Chen Jing women’s singles gold medallist at the Beijing 1988 Olympic Games, was a member of the 2000 team. Cheng I-Ching was very quick to point out that the 2016 line-up was born and bred in Chinese Taipei; that fact gave a special impetus.

Success for Chinese Taipei in Kuala Lumpur but later in the year on their very first venture in the women’s team event at an Olympic Games, it was defeat when facing Hong Kong in Rio de Janeiro. A 3-1 reverse was the order of the day, but Cheng I-Ching retained her unbeaten record, in the opening match of the contest, she beat Lee Ho Ching.

Two meetings, the third accrued at the ZEN-NOH 2019 Team World Cup in Tokyo, a 3-2 verdict in favour of Hong Kong the outcome, once again Cheng I-Ching was the ace card. She beat both Doo Hoi Kem and Cheng I-Ching, the one further success being gained by Chen Szu-Yu in opposition to Minnie Soo Wai Yam.

Notably in that contest Lee Ho Ching and Minnie Soo Wai Yam beat Cheng Hsien-Tzu and Chen Szu-Yu, a most worthy win. However, could Cheng Hsien-Tzu and Chen Szu-Yu prove a crucial factor in Tokyo; competing in the only match and with Cheng I-Ching to follow, that looks a pretty good formula.

At the moment Cheng Hsien-Tzu and Chen Szu-Yu are listed at no.3 on the world table tennis doubles ranking.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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