Asian Games: Hong Kong pairs struggle on opening day of beach volleyball
Two women’s teams slip to defeat against the Philippines and Macau, while the city’s sole entry in the men’s tournament lose to Japan pairAsian Games 2023SCMP SportPublished: 8:39pm, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
Hong Kong women’s beach volleyball pair To Wing-tung and Wong Man-ching made a bright start but then faded away to lose 2-1 in their opening group match on Tuesday.
Playing at the Ningbo Banbianshan Beach Volleyball Centre, To and Wong, who have been together for 18 months, were the first Hongkongers to make an appearance at the Asian Games.
Facing Khylem Harl Progella and Grydelle Joanice Matibag of the Philippines, To and Wong took the first set 21-17.
The local pair fought hard in the second before going down 23-21, and the decider was a far simpler affair, with the Philippines team coming away with a 15-13 win.
To and Wong will face Thailand’s Worapeerachaya Kongphopsarutawadee and Taravadee Naraphornrapat at noon on Wednesday.