Tournaments

08 Mar 2018

The second seeds, as their status suggested, Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching emerged successful at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Doubles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open on the evening of Thursday 8th March.

They beat India’s Manika Batra and Mouma Das, the no.7 seeds, in three straight games (11-6, 11-3, 11-9) to record a relatively comfortable win; comfortable, certainly it was comfortable when compared with the other three pairs that secured semi-final places.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

All three pairs required a deciding fifth game to keep their title hopes alive.

Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato, the top seeds, survived but only just; they overcame Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu in a cliff-hanger (5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 13-11). The Singaporeans were not seeded but last year they were bronze medallists at the Liebherr 2016 World Championships; it was a victory of note.

Equally, for China’s Chen Ke and Wang Manyu it was success by the very narrowest of decisions; the no.8 seeds, they halted the aspirations of Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun, the no.3 seeds (11-6, 14-16, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10).

“We were not so good in some of the small details, maybe we did not adapt that well but at the end we co-ordinated well and we succeeded. Overall, I think we were the better in the area of serving and in rallies but not when we were receiving service.” Chen Ke

A close call for Chen Ke and Wang Manyu, it was the same for Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha, the no.4 seeds and also from China. They were severely tested by Japan’s Miu Hirano and Mima Ito, the no.5 seeds (11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8).

At the semi-final stage Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato meet Chen Ke and Wang Manyu; in the opposite half of the draw Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha oppses Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching.

The matches are scheduled for 7.00pm (local time) on Friday 9th March.

World Tour 2017 Seamaster Qatar Open Wang Manyu Chen Ke
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