Doo Hoi Kem who beat Lily Zhang at the semi-final stage
Photo By: Quique Apaicio
2011 ITTF Global Cadet Challenge & Global Junior Circuit Finals (Click here to access this section)
Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem repeated the success she had enjoyed earlier in the proceedings at the ITTF Cadet Challenge in Puerto Rico, to end the hopes of Lily Zhang of the United States, the top seed in the Girls’ Singles event on the morning of Sunday 22nd January 2012.
In the final of the Cadet Girls’ Team event Doo Hoi Kem had recorded a straight games win over Lily Zhang (12-10, 11-9, 11-4).
However, in the semi-finals of the singles competition matters were much closer; at one stage it looked as though defeat was the greater option.
The Hong Kong teenager recovered from a two games to one deficit to beat the American, who throughout 2011 occupied a top three spot on the Under 15 Girls’ World Rankings.
Doo Hoi Kem won 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9.
“At the start I was a little nervous”, said Doo Hoi Kem. “After the third game I felt more settled and started to play better; I had won a gold medal in the team event earlier in the week, so I was really determined to reach the final of the singles competition.”
Simply Doo Hoi Kem reduced the errors and a controlled backhand topspin executed down-the-line reaped dividends.
“This time I did better against her than in the final of the team event”, reflected Lily Zhang who concluded proceedings with one silver and two bronze medals.
At the semi-final stage of the Cadet Girls’ Doubles event in partnership with Anqi Luo of Canada, the pair lost to the ITTF World Hopes Team partnership of Thailand’s Tamolwan Khetkhuen and France’s Marie Migot (11-7, 11-8, 11-7).
“Overall I am pleased with my performance here”, concluded Lily Zhang. “I gave my best, I fought hard; now as a junior I know I must be mentally stronger.”
A medal in every event was a fine effort by Lily Zhang and it is a similar scenario for Doo Hoi Kem.
More Success for Doo Hoi Kem
Gold in the team event for Doo Hoi Kem and she is guaranteed a minimum of two silver medals in the individual events.
In the Girls’ Doubles competition she partnered Liu Gaoyang to a semi-final success over the European partnership of Croatia’s Lea Rakovac and Israel’s Nicole Trosman (11-7, 11-5, 13-11).
Similar in Singles
Defeat for Nicole Trosman at the hands of Liu Gaoyang in the doubles and it was the same at the penultimate stage of the Cadet Girls’ Singles event.
However, Nicole Trosman gave a most spirited performance; she extended Liu Gaoyang to five games; the Chinese teenager won 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.
The Best Player
“She’s very fast, good from both forehand and backhand both equally strong”, reflected Nicole Trosman. “She puts such heavy rotation on the ball when she top spins; I could not put two blocks on the table together; she’s talented and she’s always thinking, she’s the best player in this tournament.”
Liu Gaoyang was again superb, gold in the team event; a full house of medals awaits.
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