HK on course for World finals
THE Hong Kong boys' under-14 tennis team of Jason Sankey, Wayne Wong and Desmond Chan stand a good chance of reaching the World Finals of the NTT junior tournament, with two wins from three matches.
After suffering a crushing 3-0 defeat by top seeds Australia in their opening match, Hong Kong bounced back with triumphs over the Philippines and Jordan in the Asian Zone qualifiers being held in Thailand.
Their remaining two fixtures in the round-robin preliminary group are against hosts Thailand and China.
Hong Kong Tennis Association's executive officer Janet Hardisty said: ''The top two teams after the round-robin will go into the semi-finals, so the matches against Thailand and China are very important for the boys.
''Victories over Thailand and China will put them into the semi-finals, from which three teams go on to play in the World Finals in Japan in August.'' Jason has also been picked to carry Hong Kong's colours in the qualifying tournament for the World Youth Cup, which is for players 16 years and under.
Joining Jason in the Hong Kong squad will be John Hui and Jamee Wong.
Meanwhile, teenage tennis star Willy Chan is likely to represent the territory at the Asian Games in Hiroshima.
The 16-year-old has a top 400 ranking on the women's professional chart.
Hardisty said: ''Willy is probably our best hope of gaining acceptance into the Asian Games main draw.''