The 35th Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Championships
Men’s and women’s team finalists decided
Thursday, 2017-05-18 04:54:44
NDO – Hanoi T&T 1 and Army team 1 will face each other in the men’s team final of the 35th Nhan Dan Newspaper National Table Tennis Championships, while the women’s team final will be played between HCM City and Petrosetco HCM City.
The team finalists were decided after semifinal matches took place at the Hai Duong provincial gymnasium on the evening of May 17.
Army team 1 made light work of Vicem Hoang Thach Hai Duong with three straight wins.
Meanwhile, Hanoi T&T 1 had to work hard against Army team 2 for a berth in the final. Tuan Quynh put Hanoi ahead 1-0 following a 3-1 victory over Thanh Nam before Anh Tu doubled the advantage by beating The Nghia with the same score.
Van Duc ignited the Army team’s hopes for a resurgence beating Trung Kien 3-2 in the third match. However, Anh Tu demonstrated his prowess as the Southeast Asian champion defeating Thanh Nam 3-2 in the fourth match to secure Hanoi an overall 3-1 semifinal triumph.
In the women’s matches, thanks to the presence of reigning national individual champion Mai Hoang My Trang, Petrosetco HCM City easily crushed Vicem Hoang Thach Hai Duong 3-0 to advance to the final.
In the remaining semifinal, Hanoi suffered a sudden loss to HCM City despite being considered as having the upper hand. While 2016 singles runner-up Nguyen Thi Nga scored two consecutive wins, her Hanoi teammates Thu Huong and Da Thao did not successfully fulfill their tasks, losing all three other matches against HCM City’s Yen Nhi and Phuong Uyen.