14 Apr 2017

Winners the previous day in opposition to Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, the no.4 seeds; the host nation partnership of Chen Ke and Wang Manyu, the no.18 seeds, continued their progress unabated at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Doubles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF-Asian Championships in Wuxi.

On the afternoon of Friday 14th April, the impressive form continued.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

In the third round they had required the full five games to overcome Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching (7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5); in the round of the last eight pairs, they needed one game less.

They accounted for the Korean Republic duo of Lee Zion and Yang Haeun in four games (9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-5).

“I think they have prepared a lot for this match; this is our first time playing on the main table; at first I couldn’t play the match at my own pace.” Chen Ke

“Yesterday we watched their match and I think they played better today; I think in the end our overall technique and strategies were better than them.” Wang Manyu

One surprise pairing through to the semi-finals but no more; in the remaining quarter-final Women’s Doubles contests, it was as per status.

Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling, like Chen Ke and Wang Manyu from China, justified their top seeded status; they beat India’s Manika Batra and Mouma Das, the no.10 seeds, in three straight games (11-7, 11-3, 11-8).

Success for China; there was also success for Japan.

Hina Hayata and Mima Ito, the no.2 seeds, accounted for DPR Korea’s Ri Hyon Sim and Ri Mi Gyong, the no.19 seeds (11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 12-10); Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato, the no.3 seeds, emerged successful in the battle of the defenders. They beat Korea Republic’s Kim Kyungah and Suh Hyowon, the no.17 seeds (11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10).

At the semi-final stage, Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling meet Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato; Chen Ke and Wang Manyu oppose Hina Hayata and Mima Ito.

The semi-finals of the Women’s Doubles event will be played on Saturday 15th April.

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