athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2011, 12:00am

Name Karen Doo Hoi-kem
School Heep Yunn School
Form Two
Sport Table Tennis

Achievements Karen, 14, is a member of the Hong Kong youth team. She became well known after she won the singles title at the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Table Tennis Tournament in 2009.

She was the second runner-up in the cadet singles event and first runner-up in the team event at the 16th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships held in Thailand last year.

She won three gold medals at the 2010 Nikon Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open - in the cadet singles, doubles and team events. She was also the cadet singles champion at the 2010 Korea Junior & Cadet Open.

At the Hong Kong Open (individual event) held last week, she won the doubles title with Soo Wai-yam.

Karen holds the No 3 position in the ITTF World Ranking (U15 girls), but is No1 on the Hong Kong list.

Soundbite 'I was absent from school for three months because of training and competitions. Fortunately, my teachers were kind enough to help me catch up with my school work during lunch every day.

'I was selected to represent Hong Kong and sent to train at an elite camp in Huangshi, Hubei province . There, I met top players from all the provinces and played more than 70 matches with them. The results of the matches and my performance in fitness and other tests contributed to my final score for the ranking.

'The top four girls will train with the national B team later. I was ranked 10th among the 66 girls and am satisfied with the result. I could have done better if I had not performed badly in the fitness test.

'My style of playing is quite different from the others because I am a quiet player. I am always determined to win. When I lose a match, I won't get upset. I will try to recall the game and find out where I went wrong. I behave differently when I hang out with my friends because I laugh a lot.

From her coach 'Karen is an outstanding player in her age group. She is always calm and is not very emotional when playing a match, no matter whether she is leading or lagging in score,' said Guan Jianhua, who coaches the Hong Kong youth team. 'Her character gives her both advantage and disadvantage. I hope she can be more enthusiastic on court and take more initiative to play actively.'

Ambition 'I want to stay in the top three of the world ranking and want to take part in the ITTF Global Cadet Challenge again this year. To do that, I need to reach the semi-finals at the Asian junior table tennis championships,' Karen said.