A 3-0 win again for Hong Kong against Belarus on Friday 24th January at the 2020 ITTF World Team Qualification Tournament in Gondomar secured Hong Kong a place in the women’s event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Supported by Lee Ho Ching and Minnie Soo Wai Yam, Doo Hoi Kem led the line. She joined forces with Lee Ho Ching to secure the doubles against Nadezhda Bogdanova and Daria Trigolos prior to beating Nadezhda Bogdanova to make matters certain.
Two wins, for the 24-year-old, when the word “Olympic” is mentioned; that is not unusual, it is the norm. Combine team and individual, to date in tournaments that bear the magical name she has played 19 matches and lost just two!
At the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, she departed with two medals, women’s singles silver, mixed team bronze partnering Hung Ka Tak. In the former she played seven matches, in the latter it was a perfect record, seven matches, seven wins.
Moreover, in the team event she did not surrender a single game; overall 21 games, 21 wins!
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Group: beat Kristyna Stefcova (Czech Republic) 11-2, 11-3, 11-8
Group: beat Florence Seera (Uganda) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2
Round One: beat Nicola Trosman (Israel) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8
Quarter-Final: beat Adina Diaconu (Romania) 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6
Semi-Final: Lily Zhang (United States) 11-1, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6
Final: Lost to Lin Gaoyang (China) 11-6, 11-5, 6-11, 11-1, 11-3
Group: beat Lisa Lung (Belgium) 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
Group: beat Sophia Dong (New Zealand) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4
Group: beat Leila Imre (Hungary) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9
Round One: beat Natalia Bajor (Poland) 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
Quarter-Final: beat Lea Rakovac (Croatia) 11-8, 11-7, 12-10
Semi-Final: beat Miyu Kato (Japan) 11-3, 11-5, 11-3
Bronze Medal: beat Tamolwan Khethuen (Thailand)11-4, 11-9, 11-5
(Fixture Result: Hong Kong 1-2 Japan; Hong Kong 2-0 Thailand)
Impressive in Nanjing, although far less matches it was very much the same at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; in the women’s singles, commencing in round three it took the champion elect to end progress. In the women’s team event, as in Nanjing, she remained unbeaten.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Round Three: beat Georgina Pota (Hungary) 8-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8
Round Four: lost to Ding Ning (China) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
Round One: beat Huang Yi-Hua (Chinese Taipei)11-9, 11-7, 11-7
Round One: beat Chen Szu-Yu (Chinese Tapiei) 11-8, 11-6, 11-8
Quarter-Final: beat Petrissa Solja (Germany) 9-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 14-12
Notably, Doo Hoi Kem has never lost a singlesmatch in a team event in an Olympic Games tournament; quite remarkable. Surely, the only player outside China to achieve the feat?