Short Sport

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2011, 12:00am


South China bring an end to Winling's victory streak

Winling suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 88-65 to South China in the A1 Division basketball championship play-offs at Southorn Stadium last night. The result ends their 11-match winning streak from the beginning of the season and extends the best-of-five series to a fourth game next Tuesday. Winling, champions the past two seasons, lead South China 2-1 in the series. South China guard Lo Yi-ting, who returned from China Basketball Association side Fujian to lead the championship challenge, was the highest scorer with21 points, while forward Glen Joe had 20 for Winling. Chan Kin-wa

Table tennis juniors face stern international test

Hong Kong's young guns will be given another opportunity to prove themselves at international level when they take part in the annual Hong Kong Junior Open in August. Karen Doo Hoi-kem, 15, will spearhead a strong 12-boy and 12-girl member squad against young stars from nine countries and regions, including world table tennis powerhouses China. Doo was the under-15 girls' singles and doubles (with Soo Wai-yam) champion at the French Junior and Cadet Open in May, where she also reached the under-18 final. Doo ranks second in the world under-15 standings and is 19th in the under-18 category. The boys' challenge will be led by Chiu Chung-hei, world number 31 in the under-18 category. Chan Kin-wa

Sayer replaced by brother for key Davis Cup match

Hong Kong ace Martin Sayer (pictured) has been replaced by younger brother Nicholas in the squad for next weekend's Davis Cup relegation battle at Victoria Park. Nicholas was the only new face in the four-strong squad named yesterday by Hong Kong Davis Cup non-playing captain Andy Brothers for the crucial Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two relegation play-off against Syria. 'Martin unfortunately has had to work [in the United States]. He has found a summer job and even though he wanted to come and play, it was also urgent for him to make some money,' Brothers said. 'We have now included Nicholas, who is back on summer vacation from the US.' The rest of the squad features the same players who lost 3-2 in the opening round tie against Pakistan in March: veteran Yu Hiu-tung, Coenie van Wyk and Jonathan Chu. Alvin Sallay