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Table tennis: Meshref advances to World Cup’s last 16

Image: International Table Tennis Federation Africa's official website

Image: International Table Tennis Federation Africa’s official website

Egyptian Table tennis champion Dina Meshref achieved a major breakthrough in the Women’s Table Tennis World Cup with a win over the No.10 seed and World No.19 Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem in six games.

Egypt’s Dina Meshref, World No.116, made a major breakthrough in the Women’s Table Tennis World Cup as she overcame World no.19 Doo Hoi Kem in six games (10-12, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5, 4-11, 14-12).

The win makes Dina, 21, the first African of all time to reach the main draw.

“I lost the first game and I was leading 10-4; at the start of the second game I said to myself start again, try to think that it is zero-zero and the very start of the match. I won the next three games; the key was making sure that I returned serves well, in the rallies I felt confident,” said Meshref.

“At the end of the sixth game, I started to think about winning, I was ahead 10-9 and 11-10, then when I was down 11-12 I said to myself just play; I won the next three points.

“I think the difference is that I’ve been able to practise against Chinese players,” explained Meshref.

“We have had Chinese players in Cairo and that has really helped me sharpen my play,” she said concluding her post-match interview on ITTF’s official website.

Meshref will play against World No. 4 Ai Fukuhara of Japan on Saturday.

It’s worth noting that Dina Meshref is going to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic games, after winning the Women’s Singles title at the ITTF-African Senior Championships in Cairo in January.

Later in July, she also secured the Women’s title in the ITTF-Africa Senior Cup in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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