athlete of the week
Name Christy Chan Tsz-ching
School Diocesan Girls' School
Grade Form Two
Achievements Christy, 15, finished No 2 in the Asian U14 girls' ranking last year. She captured the girls' doubles title with Maggie Ng and was singles runner-up in the sixth Asian 14U Series Tennis Championship held in Kuching, Malaysia. She also won the girls' doubles with Eudice Chong at the first Sabah Asian 14U Tennis Championship last year. Christy represented Hong Kong at the 2010 World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania Qualifying event in Anqing, Anhui province.
Recently, she captured the runner-up trophy with Vivian Lin in the U18 girls' doubles at the Lions Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championship.
Christy was also a member of her school's winning teams in 2009/10 and 2010/11 Division One Inter-school Tennis Competition (HK Island and Kowloon).
Soundbite 'I like to play doubles more than singles as it is always more exciting and I like to work with others,' Christy says.
'I also like switching partners as I want to enjoy the time on court with different players.
'I played in the last Hong Kong Games two years ago and Vivian Lin was my partner in the doubles. We won, and our team is also the defending champion.
'This year I will represent Yuen Long again in the Games but this time I will play mixed doubles matches in the individual competition, which starts later.
'The team competition has just started and I am confident that we will have good results again this time.
'Since my team was the overall champion [of all events] at the last Hong Kong Games, I now need to participate in the opening ceremony. Details of what I have to do at the ceremony are yet to be confirmed but I can already feel the pressure.'
From her coach Coach Sher Pui-cheong says: 'Christy is good at handling net volleys and smashing shots. Her fast reaction and good adaptation to the match rhythm have contributed to her success in doubles matches.
'Christy needs to have a more stable backhand rather than a more powerful one.
'She is only 15 years old and her height gives her an advantage on court when playing doubles.'
Ambitions 'Since I can't play in ATF events any more because of the age limit, my target in two years' time is to enter the ITF top 500 and upgrade my level to be selected for the Hong Kong junior team for the Junior Fed Cup,' Christy says.