Karen, Siu-hang grab singles glory
Karen Doo Hoi-kem and Lam Siu-hang grabbed the glory at the Hang Seng All Schools Table Tennis Championships held last Sunday.
Karen, from Heep Yunn School, faced Kitty Lo Lok-yee of Christian Alliance Cheng Wing Gee College in the secondary girls' singles final at the Cornwall Street Squash and Table Tennis Centre. Kitty beat several players from the Hong Kong junior team on her way to the final. But Karen, Hong Kong's top under-15 girls' player, denied her another upset.
Kitty started fast but it was Karen who took the first game 11-9 in the best-of-five match. Karen also won the second game 11-4. Kitty battled back in the third game but she could not find a way past Karen's superb defensive play. The Form Two student from Heep Yunn eventually secured her first title in the tournament by winning the third game 11-6.
Kitty said she was not in good form. 'Being in the final is far more than I expected and I am not feeling sad at all,' said the Form Five student.
Karen also won the secondary girls' doubles final with her schoolmate Chow Wai-yeung, a Form Three student at Heep Yunn. They beat Jing Ying Tournament champions Ng Ka-fung and Ng Ka-yee from The Chinese Foundation Secondary School 3-1.
Karen said: 'I would like to thank my PE teacher Miss Cheng for her counselling before the match. With her help, Wai-yeung and I were able to have better communication and strengthen our partnership.'
The secondary boys' singles final was delayed because finalists Edwin Hung Chun-hin and Siu-hang, both from La Salle College, also played in the doubles semi-final. They took on Leung Hui-hong and Poon Sheung-hei from St Paul's Co-educational College, and the La Salle boys secured a place in the final by winning the deciding game.
The singles final started straight after the doubles match. Siu-hang won the championship by beating Edwin in straight games, 11-4, 11-6, 11-13.
Hung Wah-tak and Hung Ka-tak from Ying Wa College prevented a clean sweep by La Salle in the tournament.
They beat Siu-hang and Edwin 3-2 in the secondary boys' doubles final.