All-round success for Egypt and Hong Kong at the South African Open – Table-tennis
Egyptian, Mohamed Shouman, and Hong Kong’s Hung Wah Tak, dominated proceedings in the South African Junior and Cadet Open held at Cape Town, South Africa. The event started on 1 and concluded on 4 April, 2011. This championship was a sanctioned event of
the International Table Tennis Federation.
The most prominent and successful player of the event was Egyptian Mohamed Shouman. The 17-year-old table tennis player won three titles in the championship. He won the Team event, Junior Boys Singles and the Junior Boys Doubles along with compatriot Omar
This makes Shouman the second player from Egypt to win six titles in his junior career. The first one was Omar Assar, who won six singles ITTF Junior titles.
Shouman is also the second player from Egypt to win the ITTF title. Dina Meshref was the first player who won the title earlier in January at the Iraq Open at Erbil, Iraq.
Hong Kong’s Kwan Man Ho, was defeated in the quarter-final in straight sets 11-4, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7. In the semi-final, Omar Bedair, the Number two seeded player of the tournament was beaten in a six games match 11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, and 11-8.
In the final hurdle, Shouman faced Hung Ka Tak, a 12-year-old from Hong Kong, the Number four seeded player of the competition. Despite being five years younger than his opponent, Tak proved to be a tough challenge, extending to five games 11-8, 8-11, 11-5,
Mohamed Shouman said, “Hung Ka Tak is very small but he is a very strong opponent. He was good overall as far as I could see; his size was the major challenge!”
Hung Ka Tak defeated Carl Akerlind in the first round in straight games 11-6, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5. In the semi-finals, Hung Ka Tak won over Swedish Simon Berglund in a five-match-game11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8, and 11-3.
In the Junior Doubles category, Mohamed Shouman and Omar Bedair defeated the Swedish duo of Carl Akerlind and Jonas Sterner in straight games 11-4, 11-9, 11-4.
Hung Wah Tak also won three titles in the Cadet Boys category in the tournament. The Hong Kong player won the Cadet Boys Singles title, Team gold medal and the Cadet Doubles title with his younger brother.
Hung Wah Tak said, “I played very well today; it is the first time I’ve played against my brother in a final and I’m happy I won. My brother has a very strong forehand but perhaps backhand is a little weak.”
Both players were in control throughout the event, giving nothing to their opponents.