by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Fang Bo and Wang Manyu accounted for Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi and Lee Ho Ching (8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7) after Zhou Yu and Chen Xingtong had also caused Hong Kong pain by overcoming Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem (11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9).
In the penultimate round, for both pairs Japanese opposition awaits. Zhou Yu and Chen Xingtong meet Kenta Tazoe and Miyu Maeda, the quarter-finals winners in opposition to Korea’s Lee Sangsu and Yang Haeun (11-4, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5).
Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, Fang Bo and Wang Manyu confront Masataka Morizono and Mima Ito, winners in the round of the last eight when opposing Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An and Cheng I-Ching (11-7, 11-6, 11-7).
Mixed Doubles action followed the conclusion of the Men’s Team and Women’s Team events; places five to eight being at stake.
Fielding the trio of Ho Kwan Kit, Lam Siu Hang and Ng Pak Nam; Hong Kong secured the Men’s Team event fifth place. They recorded a three matches to nil win against the Singaporean outfit formed by Tay Ming Han Maxxe, Ethan Poh Shao Feng and Edric Lim Zheng Jie.
Seventh place finished in the hands of DPR Korea who reversed the decision of one day earlier when losing in the final of Division One against India.
The two teams who emerged successful in the qualification event and thus joined the top six seeded outfits in the quarter-finals, contested the Division One title; they also met to determine positions seven and eight.
Represented by Ro Kwang Jin, Kang Wi Hun and Pak Sin Hyok; DPR Korea recorded a three-nil success against the Indian trio of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai.
Similarly in the Women’s Team event, DPR Korea was involved.
They gained fifth place; the formation of Cha Hyo Sim, Kim Song I and Choe Hyon Hwa emerged successful by three matches to two against Chinese Taipei’s Liu Hsing-Yin, Liu Yu-Hsin and Cheng Hsien-Tu.
Success for DPR Korea as the Women’s Team competition concluded; it was the same for Thailand. Suthasini Sawettabut, Nanthana Komwong and Orawan Paranag combined to beat Singapore’s Wong Xin Ru, Zhang Wanling and Eunice Lim to reserve seventh place. A three-nil margin of victory was the outcome.