22 Dec 2018

Third and fourth places respectively earlier in the proceedings in Class 7, Chiu Kan Shan and Wong Yue Ching emerged surprise winners, as Hong Kong enjoyed notable success in the Women’s Team competition on the concluding day of play, Saturday 22nd December, in Chiang Mai at the 2018 Thailand Para Open.

In addition, also somewhat contrary to expectations, the combination formed by Ng Mui Wui, Wong Pui Kei and Wong Ting Ting enjoyed success.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in Class 6-7, Chiu Kan Shan and Wong Yue Ching commenced play as the lowest rated outfit in a group event comprising five teams.

They remained unbeaten throughout. Most impressively, they recorded a two-one win in opposition to the second seeded combination of Russia’s Maliak Alieva and Iraq’s Zainab Hasan Farttoosi; before securing a two-nil win against Macao’s U Choi Hong and Lam Oi Man, the top seeds. Maliak Alieva and Zainab Hasan Farttoosi duly finished in second position with U Choi Hong and Lam Oi Man in third spot. Notably two days earlier Maliak Alieva had emerged the Women’s Singles Class 6 gold medallist.

Similarly in Class 11, also organized on a group basis, Ng Mui Wui, Wong Pui Kei and Wong Ting Ting upset the odds. The second highest rated team on duty, they remained unbeaten to secure the top prize, the pertinent result being the two-one win in opposition to the top seeds, the outfit comprising Japan’s Yumi Ono and Russia’s Elena Prokofeva, the latter the Women’s Singles Class 11 winner earlier in the week.

Defeat for Yumi Ono and Elena Prokofeva but it was their only defeat; they finished in second place ahead of Korea Republic’s Kang Seohyeon and Sin Nahea.

Surprise outcomes, in the one remaining Women’s Team event to be decided on the concluding day of play, it was success for the top seeds. The Korea Republic combination of Yoon Jiyu, Lee Migyu and Jung Younga emerged the Class 1-5 winners. They remained unbeaten, concluding matters ahead of the host nation trio formed by Dararat Asayut, Wijittra Jaion and Pattaravadee Wararitdamrongkul. Third place finished in the hands of Iraq’s Rusul Al Waeli and Najlam Imad Lafta Al Dayyeni.

Success for Yoon Jiyu and Jung Younga meant they left Chiang Mai with two titles each to their name; earlier in the Women’s Singles events Yoon Jiyu had won Class 1-3; Jung Younga had secured the Class 4-5 title.

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