David foils Chiu again in final

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 February, 2006, 12:00am

Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin of Hong Kong suffered another defeat at the hands of world number one Nicol David when losing in straight games in the women's final at the Asian Championships in Taiwan yesterday.

Although Chiu took a surprise 7-0 lead in the opening game, she lacked the momentum to continue her feat as her Malaysian opponent was able to hang in before coming back strongly to take the second game 9-7.

Having squandered the big advantage in the first game, Chiu looked vulnerable in the following two games as she lost 9-3 and 9-4.

'I had a good start in the first game, but just could not finish the job properly. After that, it was all David,' said Chiu, who had to settle for a silver medal against the world's best player.

'David has become a more mature player. She is consistent and seldom makes mistakes. She also has good control of the front court with her great speed and it is very difficult for any other player to beat now.'

Chiu beat David in the final of the Asian Games in Busan two years ago, but it proved to be too difficult expecting her to repeat the success.

Christina Mak Pui-hin also finished with a bronze medal, giving Hong Kong one of its best results in the women's singles at the Asian Championships.

Meanwhile, the team events will start today. The Hong Kong team, comprising Chiu as the number one, Mak as number two and Karen Lau Siu-ying and Elise Ng Jia-yunn as number three and four respectively, are likely to overcome their first hurdle Singapore.

In the men's event, Hong Kong also look set to beat Singapore and Macau in the opening day's play. The team have put Wong Wai-hang as number one, followed by Dick Lau Siu-wai, Roger Ngan Lun-cheung and Faheem Khan.