Tokyo Olympics: Doo Hoi-kem beats Shin Yu-bin to progress to the table tennis last 16, Britt Eerland next
Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi-kem is into the fourth round of the women’s singles table tennis in Tokyo after beating Shin Yu-bin 4-2.
The world No 14 and Olympic eighth seed held off the challenge of the South Korean teenager at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.
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Despite being world No 94, Shin has long been tipped to go to the very top, having become the youngest winner of an International Table Tennis Federation mixed doubles title at 15.
The question for many in table tennis was how far could she go at her debut Olympics? Doo had the answer, ending the 17-year-old’s Games in round three.
She had impressed in Tokyo warm-ups beating Japan’s Miu Hirano but the youngest player to represent South Korea in Olympic table tennis will have to wait for Paris 2024 for her next opportunity thanks to Doo.
Doo started off well, winning the first game 12-10 and dominating the second 11-5 but Shin was not going to give up without a fight.
The 17-year-old took the next two games ” both 11-8 wins ” to level things up but Doo, 24, took stock.
She triumphed 11-4 in the fifth game and then pressed home her advantage with an 11-6 win to close out.
Doo plays world No 27 Britt Eerland of the Netherlands in the round of 16 on Tuesday night.
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