Tin-Tin Ho reaches quarter-finals at World Junior Championships

Tin-Tin Ho

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Paddington’s Tin-Tin Ho and her partner Maria Tsaptsinos lost out to the eventual silver medallists in the doubles quarter-finals at the World Junior Championships.

The 17th-seeded English pair started in fine form by dumping the eighth seeds from Russia – Maria Malanini and Maria Taylakova – out of the competition 3-1.

They also won their last-16 match against Hong Kong’s Ka Yee Lee and Qi Liu 3-1 to set up a clash against North Koreans Un Gum Ko and Yong Hae Ri, who triumphed 4-0 and went on to reach the final in La-Roche-Sur-Yon, France.

In the singles, 17-year-old Ho – who lives in Upbrook Mews and went to school in Maida Vale – was seeded 22nd. She topped her qualifying group after beating Egypt’s Amira Yousry 4-0 and then edged out Leonie Hartbrich of Hungary 4-3 before losing 4-1 to Hong Kong’s Tze Wing Mak in the last 64.

Ho also featured in the mixed doubles alongside England’s Helshan Weerasinghe.


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The pair, seeded 30th, won their first-round match against France’s Leo De Nodrest and Romane Le Scour of France 3-0 but then bowed out in the last 32 against the 13th seeds from South Korea.

Ho is next in action for England at the Commonwealth Championships in India, which begins on Wednesday, December 16.

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