Hong Kong Teen Beats Table Tennis World No.1 In Olympic Qualifier

April 14, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (14-April-2016): Hong Kong teenager Doo Hoi-Kem stunned China’s world number one Liu Shiwen last night to raise hopes of snatching an Olympic table tennis berth.

The 19-year-old, ranked 25th in the world, beat her Chinese opponent four games to two in a shock upset which could take her to Rio 2016 and which she said came as a surprise even to herself.

“I have never beaten any Chinese player,” she said. “Before the match I still don’t think I can win but my coach asked me to perform as best I can. I didn’t think about winning or losing, just trying.”

Hong Kong Teen Beats Table Tennis World No.1 In Olympic Qualifier

Doo went ahead early in the best-out-of-seven match and had a win in her sights after beating Liu in the first three games 9-11, 5-11 and 10-12.

Liu made a comeback in the fourth and fifth, but Doo kept the pressure on her opponent and emerged triumphant after game six.

Asked what she thought her chances were of qualifying for the upcoming Games, Doo, who won two medals at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, said, “It’s still a long road but I will go one game at a time. This match has given me a lot of confidence.”

Some 11 men and 11 women will be selected at the Asia Olympic Qualifier in Hong Kong, with 23 teams taking part.