by Simon Daish
One of the most talented penhold grip player on the planet, Wong Chun Ting, seeded 14th, will offer up a major challenge in the men’s singles draw and will be hoping to take home a medal in Budapest having impressively reached the quarter-finals stage of play at the 2017 World Championships.
Ho Kwan Kit is the other competitor from Hong Kong to make the seeding list at position no.64. A fine young athlete who has a bright future ahead of him, but Ho Kwan Kit finally progress beyond the second hurdle of the men’s singles competition at the third attempt?
Hong Kong will have three further players competing in the men’s singles event: Ng Pak Nam, Lam Siu Hang and Su Zhi.
Doo Hoi Kem is the name to watch in the women’s singles event: seeded 11th she is expected to be amongst the action at the latter stages of the tournament and will be hoping to secure Hong Kong’s first singles medal since 1991.
Another name you will probably recognise is that of Lee Ho Ching, who reached the Round of 32 last time out in Düsseldorf. In Budapest Lee Ho Ching is positioned at no.28 in the seeding list.
Seeded just two positions lower is another class act in the form of Soo Wai Yam Minnie, who makes the entry list alongside Ng Wing Nam and Zhu Chengzhu.
Aside from the singles events there are high expectations for Hong Kong in the mixed doubles competition with 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals champions Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem seeded first for the draw. Bronze medallists in 2015 and 2017 Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem will be keen to add another World Championships medal to their collections in 2019.
Wong Chun Ting will also be eyeing up silverware in the men’s doubles category after being named in the no.2 seeded position alongside Ho Kwan Kit while Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching, seeded fifth, lead the charge for Hong Kong in the women’s doubles.
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