athlete of the week
Name Lee Ka-yi
School Ying Wa Girls' School
Grade Form Seven
Ka-yi, 17, is a member of the Hong Kong junior squash squad.
She was part of the team at the 15th Asian Junior Team Championships in Sri Lanka, where they won a gold medal. She also played at the World Junior Team Championships in the United States, where her team won bronze.
Ka-yi did well in local competitions, winning the under-19 girls' event at the Head Hong Kong Junior Squash Open. She took the silver medal in the Grade A girls' event at the Inter-school Individual Squash Competition 2010/2011.
'This year, the inter-school competition has changed its rules. The winners of matches before the final were decided by best-of-three games in the past, but now all matches are best of five. I scored a 3-0 quarter-final victory over Natalie Leung Sinn-ting from Heep Yunn School on Sunday,' Ka-yi says. 'I will face my Hong Kong teammate Ho Ka-po for a place in the final this Saturday. I expect a very tough match with her, possibly a five-set thriller. Both of us are playing our last tournament before we graduate, and we want to do our best in the match.
'I also hope the winner of our semi-final won't run out of gas, as it is very likely that she will need to play another teammate, Ho Tze-lok, in the final.
'The new system somehow decreases the possibility of an upset, but it would be quite tiring if you need to play two long matches on the same day.
'The World Junior Team Championships was my first tournament where I faced many strong teams. It was unforgettable for me, as we lost to India in the group stage, but we beat them in the bronze medal match.
'I have learned from the matches I played. This is useful for me, as I have thought of some new tactics for upcoming matches.'
From her coach
'Ka-yi is a smart girl, and her mindset helps her to win matches. I think if she can work more on her fitness, she will have a more consistent performance, especially in long matches,' Hong Kong squash coach Roger Ngan says.
'I hope I will have a good ending to my junior career by finishing top in the inter-school competition on Saturday,' Ka-yi says.
'Then I will focus on my A-level exams and apply for a business degree course at Polytechnic University. I will discuss my future in squash with my coaches later.'