Date
26 March 2017
Doo Hoi-kem beat the world's top-ranked player on her way to the semi-finals. Photo: Hong Kong Table Tennis Association
Doo Hoi-kem beat the world's top-ranked player on her way to the semi-finals. Photo: Hong Kong Table Tennis Association

HK player moves closer to Olympics after beating world No. 1

A Hong Kong table tennis player beat the world No. 1 at the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament at Queen Elizabeth Stadium Wednesday, taking a big step toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Doo Hoi-kem, 19, who had never beaten any opponent from China before, prevailed in a best-of-seven match against Liu Shiwen, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.

The scores for the six rounds were 11-9, 11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 4-11, and 11-7.

Raising her arms in ecstasy as soon as she won, Doo, with tears in her eyes, was quoted by am730 as saying that she never expected to beat Liu.

She said she just followed her coach’s instructions and focused on each point.

“This match has given me a lot of confidence,” said Doo.

That boost clearly lasted at least until Thursday morning, when Doo beat her South Korean opponent, Jeon Ji-hee, 4-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Doo plays world No. 5 Li Xiaoxia from China at 2 p.m. Thursday.

If the Hong Kong player, who is ranked No. 25, pulls off another upset, she will face a Japanese player in the finals, the winner of which qualifies for Rio.

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