by Ian Marshall, Editor
Once again, as earlier in the day when facing Slovakia, the no.18 seeds, Ho Kwan Kit and Ng Pak Nam formed the doubles combination with Wong Chun Ting scheduled to compete in two potential singles.
Facing Slovakia, the tactic had worked. Ho Kwan Kit and Ng Pak Nam had beaten Lubomir Pistej and Alexander Valuch (7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4), Wong Chun Ting had overcame Wang Yang (11-8, 11-9, 11-6), before Ng Pak Nam returned to the fray. He defeated Alexander Valuch (12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9) to bring matters to a close.
Vital win swayed momentum
Confronting the Czech Republic, Ho Kwan Kit and Ng Pak Nam accounted for Lubomir Jancarik and Tomas Polansky (8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7), before Wong Chun Ting withstood a brave recovery by Pavel Sirucek (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-7) to double the lead.
The momentum if favour of Hong Kong China, Ng Pak Nam ended matters in style. He beat Tomas Polansky in straight games (11-7, 11-6, 11-3).
In the opposite half of the draw, in the semi-final round, the Czech Republic had posted a 3-0 win against Hungary, the no.17 seeds. Lubomir Jancarik and Tomas Polansky joined forces to beat Nandor Ecseki and Adam Szudi (8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7). The ideal start, Pavel Sirucek overcame Bence Majoros (11-9, 11-2, 11-9), before Lubomir Janarik defeated Adam Szudi (5-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-3).
Meanwhile in the women’s team deciding contest, the star of the show for the Korea Republic was 15 year old Shin Yubin.
She partnered Choi Hyojoo to doubles success against Stéphanie Loeuillette and Yuan Jia Nan (8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9), before in the fourth match of the fixture returning to the table to beat Marie Migot (11-9, 11-9, 11-7).
Sandwiched in between Lee Eunhye accounted for Marie Migot (13-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-4) to extend the Korea Republic lead, before Yuan Jian Nan gave France hope by overcoming Choi Hyojoo (13-11, 11-8, 11-5). Any hope, it was extinguished by Shin Yubin.