By Neha Aggarwal & Ian Marshall
Success in what was their second such final of the year. In late January at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest, they had been beaten in the gold medal contest by China’s Chen Xingtong and Li Jiayi.
Success meant the duo collected their second career ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles title in what was their third such final; just over five months ago in early September they advanced to the title deciding match in the Czech Republic city of Olomouc.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win a World Tour title. We are so happy, we are also good friends off the court. This win means a lot to us!” – Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota
On that occasion at the final hurdle they overcame the Russian defensive pairing of Maria Dolgikh and Polina Mikhailova.
A third appearance in an ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles final for Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota; it was the very same for Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching.
In Bremen at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour German Open, they had been beaten in the final by the host nation combination formed by Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja; however, just over eight months ago they succeeded in Zagreb, Croatia.
On that occasion they accounted for the Korean combination of Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun at the final hurdle; an unexpected result and one that underlined a successful partnership had been formed. Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching had been required to compete in the preliminary rounds, Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun occupied the top seeded position.