Hong Kong Open

Tough draw for Hong Kong medal hope Wang

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 July, 2008, 12:00am

Wang Chen, Hong Kong's top player, is projected to meet Tine Rasmussen of Denmark in the quarter-finals of women's singles. According to the draw made at the Beijing Henan Plaza Hotel yesterday, Wang, ranked sixth in the world, received a bye in the opening round and will meet Eva Sladekova of Slovenia in the next stage. Her first real challenge will come in the fourth round against the powerful Dane, who defeated Wang in the quarter-finals of the 2006 Hong Kong Open and won this year's All England title. Wang, 32, will probably compete at her last Olympics but is considered a genuine medal contender with one of the best chances of breaking the China stranglehold expected in the competition. Yip Pui-yin, one of the most talented home-grown players produced by Hong Kong, has a far better draw. The 21-year-old will meet Tracey Hallam of Great Britain in the opening round, while in the men's singles, the luck of the draw has pitted Hong Kong's Ng Wei against strong favourite Lin Dan of China, dubbed 'Super Dan' by the media after both players received a bye in the first round.