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Wong and Doo progress to quarter-finals in mixed doubles, Lam in round two

Wong and Doo progress to quarter-finals in mixed doubles, Lam in round two

Former top-ranked duo of Wong and Doo blow Hungarian pair away in opener, as Lam battles to victory in first round clash.
Wong Chun-ting and Doo Hoi-kem easily progressed to the quarter-finals of the table tennis mixed doubles at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym on Saturday, and can lay claim to a genuine medal chance when the event concludes on Monday

Wong and Doo made light work of the Hungarian pairing of Adam Szudi and Szandra Pergel in their opener, needing just 28 minutes to register a convincing 4-0 win.

In the men’s singles, Hong Kong’s Lam Siu-hang, the 2018 Asian Games quarter-finalist, eased past Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador 4-3.

The mixed doubles event is newly added to the Olympic programme this year and that is a boon for the Hong Kong duo of Wong and Doo, which has excelled in the discipline in recent years. They are the former world No 1 partnership and claimed a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships.

Such was their form before the Covid-19 pandemic, they were considered to have an outside chance of making the podium in Tokyo. Before the table tennis calendar was ravaged last year, they took first place at the Hungarian Open.

They will meet the French duo of Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jia Nan in tomorrow‘s last-eight clash, before the semi-finals later on Sunday.

World No 95 Lam’s win earned him a meeting with India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, the world No 38, on Sunday.
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