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The Wounded Tiger, Doo Hoi Kem Responds in Emphatic Manner
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Doo Hoi Kem back to form  Photo By: Frantisek Zalewsky

02/19/2012        2012 Czech Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Premium Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)

Defeat on her very first visit to the table in the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the Czech Junior and Cadet Open in Hodonin, 15 year old Doo Hoi Kem made amends in the Junior Girls’ Team competition on Saturday 18th February 2012.

The top Junior Girls’ Singles seed, she had been beaten by the in-form Serbian Aliz Durcik; in the final of the Junior Girls’ Team competition Doo Hoi Kem dispelled any notation that she did not merit her high ranking status.

She remained unbeaten throughout and extracted revenge for her earlier reverse.

Imposed Authority
In the final, Hong Kong recorded a three matches to one victory over Serbia with Doo Hoi Kem, smarting from the singles reverse, imposing her authority on proceedings.

She beat Aliz Durcik in the second match of the fixture (11-5, 11-7, 11-5) before overcoming Aneta Maksuti (11-6, 11-8, 11-8).

Further Wins
Unquestionably, the two wins from Doo Hoi Kem paved the way for a Hong Kong victory.

The one further win for the Asian visitors came from Li Ching Wan over Aneta Maksuti in the opening match of the contest (9-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-9); whilst for Romania, their one success was posted by Aleksandra Radonjic. In the third match of the duel, she defeated Ng Ka Yee (11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8).

Even More Impressive
An impressive win in the final and en route to the final, the Hong Kong trio was even more impressive.

At the quarter-final stage they beat the Polish team of Paulina Nowacka, Sandra Wabik and Katarzyna Nowocin by three matches to nil, before recording the same margin of victory against the French outfit comprising Laura Pfefer, Marina Berho and Chloe Martial in the semi-finals.

Hard Fought Silver Medal
Victory for the top seeds, as the statistics predicted; however, the silver medal for Serbia was not as seeding advised and it was hard fought.

Seeded no.3, they survived a tough examination by Romania, the no.4 seeds before upsetting the pecking order by overcoming Russia, the no.2 seeds, in the penultimate round.

Roxana Istrate, the player to cause Serbia problems Photo by Frantisek Zalewsky

Roxana Istrate in Form
The player to cause the problems in the semi-finals was 18 year old Roxana Isrtate; she beat both Aneta Maksuti (11-6, 11-9, 11-9) and Aleksandra Radonjic (7-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5).

Alas for Romania, she was their only winner. Aleksandra Radonjic defeated Bernadett Balint in the second match of the duel (11-8, 11-9, 11-6), before Aliz Durcik overcame Andreea Rosca (6-11, 11-1, 11-7, 2-11, 11-6).

Aneta Maksuti concluded the contest by overcoming Bernadett Balint (11-9, 11-7, 11-8).

Serbians Excel
A place in the semi-finals booked; it was at that stage the Serbians rose to the occasion; they recorded a three-one win over a strong Russian team.

However, it was Russia who made the better start.

Ekaterina Guseva accounted for Aleksandra Radonjic in the opening match of the fixture (15-13, 14-12, 11-8) but that was the end of their success.

Aleksandra Radonjic played a vital role in Serbian success Photo by Frantisek Zalewsky

Assumed Control
Serbia took control and just as one round earlier it was a true team event, each player contributed with one win each.

Aneta Maksuti accounted for Anna Rossikhina (12-10, 13-11, 11-7), Aliz Durcik defeated Daria Chernova (11-2, 11-8, 11-7), with Aleksandra Radonjic bringing matters to a conclusion. She followed in the footsteps of Aneta Maksuti by overcoming Anna Rossikhina (5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 13-11).

Point Proven
A place in the final booked but second place was to be the lot of Serbia, there was no stopping Hong Kong and no stopping Doo Hoi Kem.

She had a point to prove, the point was proven and proved most emphatically.

Ekaterina Guseva, the only winner for Russia against Serbia Photo by Frantisek Zalewsky



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