Guaranteed tennis bronze medal ensures Hong Kong their best-ever World University Games haul

Wong Chun-hun and Yeung Pak-long guarantee joint third place by reaching the semi-finals of the men’s mixed doubles event

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 August, 2017, 11:30pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 August, 2017, 11:35am

Hong Kong achieved their best-ever result at the World University Games after tennis was guaranteed a bronze medal in the men’s doubles event on Saturday.

At the Taipei Tennis Centre, the combination of eighth seeds Wong Chun-hun and Yeung Pak-long, who have been partners since their junior days, easily beat Chung Yun-seong and Lee Jae-moon, of South Korea, to reach the semi-finals.

The Hong Kong pair, who also played at the 2014 Asian Games, upset the Korean fourth seeds in their third-round encounter in straight games 6-2, 6-2.

Even if they fail to beat Russia’s Richard Muzaev and Aslan Karatsev in Sunday’s semi-finals, Hong Kong will claim their third medal in Taipei because there is no play-off for the bronze.

Swimmer Siobhan Haughey had already won Hong Kong’s first two medals in Taiwan when she claimed gold in two events – the women’s 100m and 200m freestyle.

Hong Kong previously won two gold medals at the 2009 Games through swimmer Hannah Wilson while they also captured three medals at the 2011 Games in Shenzhen – all bronze in gymnastics, fencing and track and field.

At the 2015 Games in Gwangju, South Korea, swimmer Stephanie Au won a silver medal.

Wong had another chance to win a medal for Hong Kong in the tennis mixed doubles with partner Eudice Chong, but they lost in the third round.

Hong Kong are still hoping for a fourth medal with high jumper Cecilia Yeung Man-wai returning to her favourite venue and qualifying for tomorrow’s final.