Swede stands in Tam's way
HONG KONG number one Tam Kai-chuen has been given a tough assignment in the main draw of next week's US$125,000 Nim Jiom Hong Kong Open at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
Tam, who recently won the New Zealand International Championships, is one of the territory's brightest hopes in the five-star event, but must overcome the strong challenge of Sweden's Jens Olsson. The Swede is seeded in the nine-to-16 bracket while world number 36 Tam will go into the October 31 to November 5 competition unseeded.
Hong Kong's mixed doubles pairing of Tim He and Chan Oi-ni are also expected to do well.
The duo, ranked 13th in the world, are seeded fifth for the event, which means a likely quarter-final clash with Indonesia's second-seeded pair of Minarti Timur and Trikus Heryanto.
The tournament is crucial for Tim and Chan's chances of qualifying for next year's Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Indonesia's defending men's singles champion Heryanto Arbi returns for this year's event and is seeded number one. compatriot Allan Budi Kusuma is the second seed with another Indonesian, Hermanwan Susanto, seeded joint third and fourth with Denmark's Paul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen.
The preliminary and the first round of the tournament will be held at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. The event will move to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on November 2.