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Hong Kong young guns halt Germany's march to quarter-final

Women's team conquer group D rivals winning 3-1 in best-of-five tie at world championships in Tokyo

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 9:52pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, 9:52pm

Hong Kong's new generation snatched the spotlight yesterday as the women's team overcame Germany 3-1 at the world championships in Tokyo.

Lee Ho-ching, 21, won both her matches in the best-of-five tie in group D, while Ng Wing-nam, also 21, prevailed in her match after veteran Jiang Huajun lost her opener.

"Lee has showed great composure on two consecutive days," said head coach Chan Kong-wah.

Her victories today and yesterday are both pivotal as it lifted team morale at the right moment
Chan Kong-wah

"It's not easy to perform in the pressurised atmosphere of the world championships. In fact, her victory over her German opponent and her chopping style today was massive, as in the past she always found it difficult against defensive players.

"Having played at the highest level over the last couple of years, she has matured enough to be the leading player of the team.

"Ng is the number three player in the team, but her victories today and yesterday are both pivotal as it lifted team morale at the right moment.

"She still has plenty room for improvement."

Hong Kong and Germany went into the encounter unbeaten and the European side got off to a flier as Irene Ivancan beat Jiang 3-1.

But Lee soon levelled the score with her 3-2 win over Petrissa Solja. After Ng beat Kristin Silbereisen 3-1 in the third match, Lee sealed the victory with a 3-1 win over Ivancan.

Hong Kong will take on Croatia today in their last group D match and should have little problem reaching the quarter-finals directly.

In the men's event, Hong Kong lost to both Singapore and Germany in group B.