SAR girls thrashed

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2007, 12:00am

Hopes of a Hong Kong player winning the Hurghada International Squash 2007 title were shattered by two Egyptian girls last Thursday.

Hong Kong's Elise Ng Jia-yunn and Christina Mak Pui-hin did well to reach the quarter-finals, where they were overwhelmed in straight sets by their more experienced rivals.

The tournament was held from May 7-13 at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada. It is part of the Women's International Squash Players' Association Tour.

In the first match, Ng, 26, was thrashed by current world junior champion, Raneem El Weleily of Egypt, 0-9, 1-9, 2-9, in just 21 minutes.

'She was too quick and sliding into the ball. I did not expect that,' Ng said.

'It's good to play against the higher-ranked players even though I couldn't do much tonight.'

Mak fared little better, crashing out to Omneya Abdel Kawy, also of Egypt, 0-9, 2-9, 1-9, in 22 minutes. The 21-year-old Egyptian used her pace and racquet skills to defeat Hong Kong's number two and reach the semi-finals.

El Weleily and Abdel Kawy were due to face off in the semi-finals last Friday.

Also through to the semi-finals were Australia's top seed Rachel Grinham and Egypt's third seed Engy Kheirallah.

Ng and Mak put on a good show in the first round of the tournament last Tuesday and Wednesday. Ng stormed back from two sets down to defeat Malaysia's fifth seed, Tricia Chuah, 5-9, 1-9, 9-5, 10-8, 9-1 in 56 minutes.

'I was thinking more about length. I just wanted to try to play my game because Tricia started off really well,' Ng said.

Mak, a bronze medallist at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, last December, edged out Amnah El Trabolsy of Egypt 9-7, 9-4, 6-9, 3-9, 9-6 in 55 minutes. Mak was leading 2-0 and an easy victory was on the cards before her rival fought back to level the match.

But the SAR girl booked her place in the next round by winning the deciding set.

The two Hong Kong players may get a chance for revenge when El Weleily will be in the SAR to defend her World Junior Women's Championship title in August.