THE Hong Kong women's table tennis team are looking towards the Asian Championships starting on Tuesday in Tienjin to boost their confidence for medals at the Hiroshima Asian Games. Hong Kong are the defending champions and top seeds for the Tienjin tournament, in which they head Group A, which also includes Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Second seeds China top Group B which includes Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines while South Korea head Group C which also features India, Singapore, Macau and Nepal. Japan are in Group D with Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Thailand. Coach Cheung Sau-ying is confident the territory should have no trouble winning their preliminary pool and book their berth in the eight-team direct elimination round. 'I have no doubt we would win all our preliminary matches and in fact I would be very disappointed if we don't go all the way to the finals,' said Cheung. 'Our task has been made all the easier with North Korea absent and South Korea having sent only a second-string team because their top players are preparing for the Asian Games. 'It is important that we do well in Tienjin because we'll be meeting more or less the same opposition at the Asian Games, with the exception of the South Korea team.' Cheung picked hosts China as the territory's major threat while Japan and Taiwan should be battling it out for the minor placings. The Hong Kong team of Chai Po-wa, Chan Tan-lui, Cheng Tao and Chan Suk-yuen have been in Beijing for the past fortnight in preparation for the Asian Championships and the Asian Games. Cheung said: 'I am very pleased with the progress shown by our players over the past two weeks. 'This training stint in Beijing has been especially beneficial because the Japanese, Malaysians, Indonesians and Singaporeans were also training there.' Hong Kong, without Asian Games players Lo Cheung-tsung and Chan Kong-wah, have also entered for the men's event and are in the same preliminary group with South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.