HK back in victory mode

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 April, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong's women's team came back strongly from defeat to claim a convincing 3-0 victory over North Korea in the world team championships in Bremen, Germany.

Having suffered a surprising defeat to unheralded France, the SAR paddlers revitalised their hopes of finishing first in group B.

In other matches, France continued their superb form with a narrow 3-2 win over Poland, while Hungary defeated Taiwan 3-1.

The group has now been thrown wide open after three rounds, with four teams having won two matches - top seeds Hong Kong, Hungary, North Korea and France.

The next match against Hungary will be crucial for Hong Kong, who reached the final at the last event in Doha two years ago before losing the gold medal to China.

But should Tie Yana, Lin Ling and Lau Sui-fei maintain their performance against the Koreans, they are capable of defeating Hungary as well as Poland and reaching their pre-tournament target of going straight into the quarter-final stage.

The top team of the four division one groups go directly into the last eight. The second and third finishers of all four groups are required to play a knockout match before reaching the quarter-finals.

Lin made a convincing start against the Koreans, who were missing their silver medallist of the Athens Olympic Games, Kim Hyang-mi. The world number 12 had little difficulty of defeating Kim Mi-yong, their current number one, in straight games 11-5, 11-7, 12-10. Tie, Hong Kong's number one, also made no mistake in the following tie although she lost the first game 15-13 to Ko Un-gyong, but the world number eight scored three games in a row 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 to claim victory. Lau beat Ryom Won-ok 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7.