Chiu set to face old foe

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin will face her old adversary in the final of the women's event in the Asian Championships in Taiwan today when she plays number one seed Nicol David of Malaysia.

Chiu dismissed Malaysian Sharon Wee 3-1 in the semi-final last night to set-up the showdown with her old rival. World number one David had an easy 3-0 win over Hong Kong's Christina Mak Pui-hin in the other semi-final 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 in just 16 minutes.

'I have nothing to lose against David,' said Chiu, who managed only a third at the last Asian event two years ago. 'She is the world number one and has a better record against me. Of course, I will try my best to score another upset against her, but it is not going to be easy.'

At the Asian Games final in Busan in 2002, Chiu scored a famous win over David for the gold medal, but the Malaysian has held the upper-hand against Chiu since.

Chiu's semi-final victory was a lot tougher than David's.

The Hong Kong number one lost the opening game 6-9, but fought back well to win the next three sets 9-1, 9-3, 9-2.

'I was quite tense in the first game, perhaps it was because the match had been moved to a four-glass court and I needed time to get used to it,' said Chiu.

'After losing the first game, I tried to hit the ball harder and closer to both side walls and it worked. It was a good game for me as I could well meet Wee again in the Asian Games in December.'