Eugene Wang qualified and Zhang Mo (now age 27, played in both Beijing & London Olympic) still has a shot.
Listed at no.67 on the current Men’s World Rankings, the 30 year old Wang is the highest rated player on duty in the Men’s Singles event at the forthcoming 2016 ITTF-North America Olympic Games Qualification Tournament.
Lily Zhang secured her spot today as the 2nd US player in the 3-spot North American entry to Rio.
“My advice is to have passion for what you do,” she affirmed. “Passion will allow you to achieve anything.” – Lily Zhang
Defeat for Zhang Mo but the door is not closed; one place remains for North America in the Women’s Singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and by definition that must go to a Canadian; no National Olympic Committee may field more than two players in the singles events in Rio de Janeiro
Hong Kong Men better it’s last tourney position from 16 to 8 (losing 1-3 to Japan in QF)
Hong Kong Women again lost a place their spot to play in the S/F and was beaten 2-3 by Chinese Taipei in QF. Lee Ho Ching bore the blunt of the pressure and lost the final rubber 5th set to a much improved Cheng -I -Ching who will be a force to see in the 2016 & 2017 season. Lee lost to Isabel Lee of Singapore in the 5th set during the last tourney in QF.
England Men and Chinese Taipei Women are the two most improved teams in this team tournament of best of 5 in singles.
TV clips are available
Hong Kong versus Chinese Taipei Women QF
It was Tie Yana that lost to Chinese Taipei Chen Szu -Yu in the 5th & deciding game. Lee Ho Ching beat Cheng Hsien-Tu_(9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9) to give Hong Kong the 2-1 lead in the 3rd game after Doo had won the first match against Chen Szu-Zu to give Hong Kong the lead.
Cheng I Ching won 2 points overall and Chen Szu-Yu finished off Tie in Match#5 to secure their place in the S/F. Tie lost both her matches. She was the vet and gate keeper. Lee Ho Ching was 1-0 and Doo Hoi Kem was even with a win and a loss.
Hong Kong beat Korea Republic 3-1 to emerge #1 in group to main draw. Japanese women (2015 World Team Cup S/F, lost to North Korea) lost to Germany 2-3 in their group. North Korea (2015 World Team finalist) beat Czech 3-2.
WYKAAO Table Tennis Team had another monthly internal tournament on Sunday January 10 at CCTTA. Two teams of five members took part in the competition and had some good exercises in a fun filled morning. Click here to see more pictures and here for video clips.