World's top junior table tennis players heading for Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 July, 2011, 12:00am


Many of the world's leading junior table tennis players will be among the 140competitors battling it out at the Nikon Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open at Queen Elizabeth Stadium from August 3 to 7.

The premier event on this year's ITTF Global Junior Circuit features 12events - boys' and girls' singles, doubles and team competitions in both cadet and junior categories. Prize money amounting to US$8,000 is on offer.

Hong Kong, which won a number of medals at last year's event, will be pushing for more glory next month. Ng Ka-yee, a quarter-finalist in the mixed team event at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, is competing for Hong Kong for the first time as a junior - players aged 18 or under.

She won a cadet girls' team gold medal at last year's tournament. Ka-yee told Young Post: 'Some key Hong Kong junior players at last year's competition are now too old to compete this year. But I will still be brave when facing the strong challenge of our rivals, including China's players.

'I will play in the singles and doubles, as well as the team events.'

Karen Doo Hoi-kem, Hong Kong's top-ranked under-15 girl, will be defending her cadet girls' singles title. The cadet boys' team winner Daryl Hung, and brothers Hung Wah-tak and Hung Ka-tak will also fight for gold.

Admission is free, with tickets available 30 minutes before each day's competition.

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