Mixed Fortunes For Local Players In Hong Kong

9 Jul 09

There were mixed fortunes today for local players in the Women's Crocodile Challenge Cup when unseeded Liu Tsz-Ling won an unexpected in the quarter-finals, but third seed Christina Mak crashed out of the $16,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Hong Kong Squash Centre in Hong Kong.

Liu Tsz-Ling, aged 17, recovered from a game down to beat eighth-seeded Austrian Birgit Coufal 7-11, 11-2, 11-0, 11-4.

It was Japan's Chinatsu Matsui that caused Christina Mak's downfall - the 31-year-old from Kawasaki upsetting the world No44 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9.

Two Hong Kong players also boosted local interest in the last eight of the men's $6,000 Super Satellite event.

Unseeded Wai Hang Wong beat Canada's No5 seed Tyler Hamilton 13-11, 0-11, 11-8, 11-6 and will now face top-seeded Australian Bradley Hindle for a place in the semis.

Leo Au became one of two qualifiers to reach the last eight unexpectedly when he upset eighth seed Graeme Wilson, from New Zealand, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6

Women's 1st round:
[1] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Miwa Maekawa (JPN) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5
[7] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt [Q] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2
[4] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [Q] Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-1, 11-3, 11-6
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [8] Birgit Coufal (AUT) 7-11, 11-2, 11-0, 11-4
[6] Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt Leung Shin-Nga (HKG) 11-9, 11-9, 4-11, 13-15, 11-9
Chinatsu Matsui (JPN) bt [3] Christina Mak (HKG) 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9
[5] Elise Ng (HKG) bt Jenna Gates (ENG) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt Josefa Bertilsson (SWE) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4

Men's 1st round:
[1] Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7
Wai Hang Wong (HKG) bt [5] Tyler Hamilton (CAN) 13-11, 0-11, 11-8, 11-6
[Q] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [4] Siddharth Suchde (IND) 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4
[Q] Leo Au (HKG) bt [8] Graeme Wilson (NZL) 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
[6] Tom Pashley (ENG) bt Basem Makram (EGY) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
[3] Max Lee (HKG) bt Cheng Yao Huang (TPE) 13-15, 11-8, 11-2, 11-9
[7] Anson Kwong (HKG) bt [Q] Tsukue Shinnosuke (JPN) 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8
[2] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Hon Fung Wong (HKG) 11-5, 11-6, 11-6