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WTT Star Contender Doha: Japan’s Hayata wins women’s singles title

DOHA: Japan’s Hina Hayata won the women’s singles title at the WTT Star Contender Doha on Saturday.

The Japanese beat South Korea’s Doo Hoi Kem 11-6, 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7 in the final.

Unable to convert a five-point lead in game three, Doo found herself with a mountain to climb at 3-0 down.

The second seed from Hong Kong, China proved more successful in game four, but she couldn’t delay Hayata any further.

Meanwhile, Slovenia’s Darko Jogic beat South Korea’s Lee Sangsu 4-2 (13-11, 12-14, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-2) to enter into the men’s final.

Jogic will meet Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, who beat England’s Liam Pitchford 3-1 (11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9) in the other semis.

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