Chiu To Chase Revenge In Singapore Open Final
16 Jul 2004
Hong Kong's top seed Rebecca Chiu will meet surprise opponent Sharon Wee, the third seed, in tomorrow's final of the Women's Singapore Open - and will hope to gain revenge for her shock defeat by the lower-ranked Malaysian in last month's semi-finals of the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur.
Neither player had hitherto progressed beyond the last eight of this popular event, which is making a welcome return to the WISPA World Tour after its absence in 2003.
Wee, the 26-year-old world No29 from Malacca, reached the final after upsetting second-seeded American Latasha Khan 3-9 9-7 9-4 4-9 9-6 in the semi-finals. Chiu, the Asian Games champion who is ranked 18 in the world, overcame Australia's fourth seed Amelia Pittock 10-9 9-3 9-3 in the other semi-final to make it to the final without dropping a game.
Both players are celebrating their sixth appearances in WISPA finals, though it is Chiu's first since June 2001.