Nhan Dan table tennis tournament closes in Khanh Hoa province

Monday, 2019-05-27 11:13:07
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15-year-old Tran Mai Ngoc in the women's singles final against Mai Hoang My Trang.
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NDO - The 2019 Nhan Dan Table Tennis Championship closed at the Khanh Hoa Gymnasium on May 26 after the men’s and women’s singles finals.

In the women’s singles final, 15-year-old Tran Mai Ngoc of Hanoi T&T, who stunned last year’s runner-up Dieu Khanh in the round of 32 and beat several other strong players, clashed with favourite Mai Hoang My Trang, who had been crowned winner ten times previously.

But Ngoc was unable to take advantage of her youthful vitality and her winning streak was ended in a crushing 0-4 defeat against the 31-year-old veteran.

Despite failing to notch up the final win, Ngoc is the second ever 15-year-old to reach a final in the history of the Nhan Dan tournament, demonstrating her potential for further progress in the future.

For Trang, her latest win added to her impressive performance with 11 wins out of 14 tournaments.

In the men’s singles final, Nguyen Anh Tu failed to defend his championship and lost 1-4 to his national teammate Doan Ba Tuan Anh, who won the Nhan Dan tournament for the first time.

Doan Ba Tuan Anh gestures after winning the men's singles event.

Tu was only in good form in the first half of the second set where he won 11-8, but in the four other sets the 2018 champion was unable to overcome himself and was defeated 7-11, 9-11, 8-11 and 13-15.

At the end of the tournament, the organisers awarded medals to the winners in seven events and presented the cups for the best young male and female players to Dinh Hoang Anh and Tran Mai Ngoc, respectively.

The award ceremony for the women's teams event.

Among the seven sets of medals, Hanoi T&T won two golds, in men’s teams and men’s doubles; Ho Chi Minh City won three golds, in women’s teams, women’s doubles and women’s singles; while Hai Duong grabbed two golds, in men’s singles and mixed doubles.

Nguyen Thao Nguyen from Tay Ninh was crowned beauty of the 2019 Nhan Dan Table Tennis Championship.

At the closing ceremony, Nhan Dan’s deputy editor-in-chief Que Dinh Nguyen highlighted the appearance of many young players with excellent performance, which is the result of many teams’ persistent investment in young athletes.