HK's Chiu again falls to arch-rival David

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 July, 2004, 12:00am

Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin just cannot seem to overcome the mental block when confronted by arch-rival Nicol David.

The Malaysian David once again stormed to a straight-set victory over the Hong Kong ace at the US$43,500 Brunei International Championship in Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.

Chiu went down 10-8, 9-1, 9-5 in the first round of the WISPA Grand Prix event and allowed David to extend her dominance.

The encounter was hotly contested at the start but David gradually took control to walk out an easy winner

'Rebecca was just not sharp enough in the latter stages and seemed to tire while Nicol looked fresh,' said Hong Kong coach Tony Choi.

Chiu held an 8-7 lead in the first set, but David drew level and then won the next two crucial points.

'Rebecca played okay, but I think the last two days of competition must have taken its toll. She had to qualify and although she won both her two qualifying matches easily, she had to go out and do the job.

'For Nicol, it was her first match and she looked in top form,' said Choi.

Ranked 18th in the world, Chiu has to play in the qualifying rounds to win a berth in the main draw of a 16-card event. She defeated Tegwen Malik of Wales 9-2, 9-1, 9-3 in the first qualifying round in a match that lasted 37 minutes on Monday, and then beat Egypt's Raneem El Weleily 9-5, 9-2, 9-0 in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

Unluckily for Chiu, she was then drawn to meet world number eight and arch-rival David in the first round of the main draw. The last time Chiu scored a high-profile win over David was at the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan when she won the gold medal match.

But yesterday it was a different story. David, who beat her in the Asian Championships team event earlier this year, was once again in a dominating mood and knocked out Hong Kong's champion one more time.