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Annie Gets Her Home Run

30 May 2015

Hong Kong squash star Annie Au fulfilled her top billing in the Women's HKFC International 25 - and delighted the home crowd at Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley when she held off the challenge of Egyptian teenager Habiba Mohamed in today's final of the WSA International 25 event to win the biggest WSA World Tour title of her career.

Mohamed, the No.6 seed who celebrated her 16th birthday during the event this week, pulled off mighty upsets against second seed Rachael Grinham and third seed Jenny Duncalf to claim her unexpected place in the final.

And the teenager looked on course to carve out a third successive giant-killing act when she led world No.11 Au, the top seed, 2/1.

But, spurred on by the home crowd, the calm left-hander dropped just four points in the fourth to draw level - then maintained the upper hand through the decider to win 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 after 63 minutes.

The triumph makes Au the first home winner of the HKFC title - and takes her career Tour title haul to 11.

[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt [6] Habiba Mohamed (EGY) 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8 (63m)