Hong Kong women crash out of table tennis world championships against Taiwan

Team surprisingly upset by Taiwan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 March, 2016, 3:47pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 March, 2016, 4:35pm

Hong Kong women’s team was surprisingly knocked out of the world championships after a disappointing performance against Taiwan in the quarter-finals in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Playing their first match in the knockout round after winning all their group matches, Hong Kong, who captured a bronze medal in the same tournament in Tokyo two years ago, were defeated 3-2.

That was despite Doo Hoi-kem providing the best possible start when the youngster beat Chen Sze-yu in straight games in the opening match.

Taiwan, who needed a play-off to reach the quarters, levelled the overall score through Cheng I-ching, who had never won against Tie Yana of Hong Kong before in five previous encounters.

Lee Ho-ching put Hong Kong back into the lead with a 3-2 win over Cheng Hsin-tzu, but Cheng snatched her second point for Taiwan after beating Doo 3-1.

All came down to the final tie between Tie and Chen in rubber match and Chen held her nerve with a 3-1 win that brought Taiwan into the semi-final and the opportunity to challenge the seemingly unbeatable China.