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Milou Masters Misaki In HKFC Upset

27 May 2015

Unseeded Dutch player Milou van der Heijden produced the only upset in today's first round of the Women's HKFC International 25 when she defeated eighth seed Misaki Kobayashi to secure an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the WSA International 25 squash event at Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

Ranked three places ahead of the reigning Dutch champion, Japanese number one Kobayashi opened up a one-game lead over van der Heijden.

But the world No.40 from Eindhoven fought back to establish a 2/1 lead - then recovered from losing the fourth to close out the match 6-11, 13-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-7 in 50 minutes.

"Beat Misaki Kobayashi (Jap) in the first round today," the victorious 24-year-old told her Twitter followers. "Happy to win in five. Tomorrow I play former world no. 2 Jenny Duncalf (Eng) in the quarterfinal!"

Duncalf, the third seed denied 42-year-old Latasha Khan a place in the last eight when she beat the US qualifier 11-4, 12-10, 11-2.

Local stars Annie Au and Joey Chan will meet in the next round to ensure Hong Kong interest in the semi-finals. Top seed Au beat compatriot Carmen Lee 11-1, 11-4, 11-5, while Chan, the fifth seed, also took out a fellow countrywoman in a 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 defeat of qualifier Choi Uen Shan.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) v [5] Joey Chan (HKG)
[4] Joshana Chinappa (IND) v [7] Delia Arnold (MAS)
[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Milou van der Heijden (NED)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [6] Habiba Mohamed (EGY)

1st round:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt [WC] Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-1, 11-4, 11-5 (23m)
[5] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [Q] Choi Uen Shan (HKG) 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 (19m)
[7] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 (24m)
[4] Joshana Chinappa (IND) bt Deon Saffery (WAL) 9-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (37m)
[3] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [Q] Latasha Khan (USA) 11-4, 12-10, 11-2 (25m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [8] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 6-11, 13-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-7 (50m)
[6] Habiba Mohamed (EGY) bt [Q] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (29m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Chloe Mesic (FRA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (23m)