by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
In the final Su Pei-Ling proved the mainstay of success, she beat Lee Ka Yee (11-5, 12-10, 11-6) and Wong Chin Yau (11-3, 11-9, 11-7); the one further success for Chinese Taipei being recorded by Tsai Yu-Chin in opposition to Wong Chin Yau (11-4, 11-9, 5-11, 11-2). The one defeat was experienced by Wen Rue-Ling who was beaten by Chau Wing-Sze (13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10).
Meanwhile, one round earlier, it had been very much a team effort. Su Pei-Ling lost to Satsuki Odo (8-11, 12-10, 13-11, 5-11, 11-6) but later recovered to beat Amy Wang (11-5, 11-6, 12-10); Wen Rue-Ling accounted for Amy Wang (9-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7), Tsai Yu-Chin overcame Yukari Sugasawa (6-11, 11-7, 14-12, 9-11, 11-5).
“For us is very difficult to play Hong Kong, because we meet each other so many times either in Hong Kong or in Chinese Taipei. Also, I want to say that tournament was very good, on a high level. We don’t know many players here, so it’s also good experience for us.” Su Pei-Ling
Gold for Chinese Taipei, it was very nearly gold and silver. At the quarter-final stage the Hong Kong outfit had been extended the full five match distance by Chinese Taipei ‘B’; a contest in which Wong Chin Yau emerged the stabilising force and Lee Ka Yee, the heroine.
Wong Chin Yau beat Chen Ting-Ting (11-4, 11-4, 11-4) and Cheng Ying-Chen (7-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-6), before in the vital fifth and concluding match of the fixture, Lee Ka Yee accounted for Chen Ting-Ting by the very narrowest of margins in the decisive fifth game (11-6, 11-3, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9). The wins for Chinese Taipei ‘B’ were recorded by Chen Ying-Chen in the opening match of the fixture against Lee Ka Yee (7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5) and in the third match when Lee Yu-Peng beat Chau Wing Sze (11-9, 11-5, 11-6).
A close call for Hong Kong, in the penultimate round life was less dramatic; a three-nil win was recorded against the Russian trio formed by Elizabet Anraamian, Kristina Kazantseva and Ekaterina Zironova.