Taiwan women's duo wins bronze at Asian Table Tennis Championships

10/05/2021 09:59 PM
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Table tennis player Cheng Hsien-tzu. CNA file photo
Table tennis player Cheng Hsien-tzu. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) Taiwan's Cheng Hsien-tzu (鄭先知) and Liu Hsing-yin (劉馨尹) clinched a bronze medal in the women's doubles at the Asian Table Tennis Championships in Doha on Tuesday, after losing to their Hong Kong opponents 0-3 in the semifinals.

The Taiwanese duo lost to Hong Kong's Doo Hoi Kem (杜凱琹) and Lee Ho Ching (李皓晴) 9-11, 1-11、3-11 in a match that lasted only 21 minutes, dashing their hopes of competing for the gold medal.

Cheng and Liu were assured of a bronze medal following the defeat as both losing semifinalists, in this case Taiwanese and Japanese duos, received bronze medals.

The pairing of Cheng, who represented Taiwan at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, and Liu, a silver medal winner in the women's singles at the National Games of Taiwan, marks the first time Taiwan's players have advanced to the women's doubles semifinals at the Asian Table Tennis Championships since 1996.

Meanwhile, the victory marks the first bronze medal Taiwan has won in the women's doubles at the tournament in 25 years.

On Oct. 1, Taiwan trio of Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵), Chen Chien-an (陳建安) and Feng Yi-hsin (馮翊新) claimed a silver medal in the men's team competition after losing to South Korea, 1-3.

The silver medal win tied the team's best record in that category.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)

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