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Medallists in Düsseldorf prove a point in Doha

Bronze medallists at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships but not seeded in Doha, the Singaporean partnership comprising Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu emerged the one pairing to upset the order of merit in the opening round of the Women’s Doubles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open.

Once again, as just under one year ago in Düsseldorf they underlined the fact they form a partnership of high quality but in Doha perhaps never reached the level achieved in the German city.

Yu Mengyu (foreground) and (rear) Feng Tianwei in action at the recent 2018 ITTF Team World Cup in London (Photo: Rémy Gros)

Focus and a calm approach eventually brought success by the very narrowest of margins against Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nan and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, the no.6 seeds (13-15, 14-12, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9).


“I don’t really know why we were not seeded. It’s the first time we have played against Ng Wing Nam and Soo Wai Yam; they played quite slowly, it was difficult to find a rhythm to our play. Also at the start we were nervous. Even though it was close in the fifth game we were feeling confident, we believed we could win. This tournament is important preparation for the Commonwealth Games.” Feng Tianwei


Defeat for the sixth seeds, there also very nearly defeat for the top seeds; Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato had to withstand a brave recovery by Korea’s Choi Hyojoo and Kim Jiho. In the fifth game an upset appeared on the cards, Choi Hyojoo and Kim Jiho led 5-1 at the change of ends but as the winning post loomed so did errors. Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato stood firm (11-13, 11-3, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8).

A close call for Japan, there was also a close call for Korea; Jeon Jihee and Yang