Tearful HK pair want farewell gift for coach

Sports | Carine Chow 30 Jul 2021

Hong Kong badminton pair Jordan Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet aim to win bronze in mixed doubles today as a farewell gift for their coach.

Despite losing to Chinese top seeds Huang Yaqiong and Zheng Siwei 21-16, 21-12 in yesterday's semi-finals, Tang and Tse have one more opportunity to bring home a medal.

The 13th-ranked duo will face the fifth-ranked Japanese pair, Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino, for bronze at 8am today.

The two shuttlers cried after their semi-final defeat, saying they were not at their best. However, they are determined to get a bronze for coach Chen Kang, who is leaving after nine years with the badminton team.

"The coach spent more time seeing us than his kids," Tse said. "I did a mediocre job in the past two Olympic Games, but he never gave up on me, so I really want to win the medal to bid him farewell."

Tang said this might also be the last Olympics for Tse.

Chen said he is proud of the duo regardless of what happens in the bronze-medal match.

Elsewhere, Hayley Chan Hei-man, 30, sailed her way to tomorrow's medal race of the women's windsurfing's RS:X event.

Chan finished eighth overall with a total of 81 points from 12 races, excluding her worst score. This is already her best showing after finishing 12th in London.

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