HK Open boost for Chan after Macau win
Joey Chan Ho-ling got a boost before this week's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open after winning her first title of the year at the Macau Open yesterday.
The No 2 seed completed a 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 victory over Aisling Blake of Ireland in the final of the US$16,000 tournament.
'The victory came at the right time as Chan will meet the same opponent in the first round of the Hong Kong Open,' said coach Tony Choi Yuk-kwan.
'If she can keep up her winning streak, she will have the chance of breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time and it will give her a lot more confidence to compete at the highest level.'
Choi praised Chan for her consistency throughout the tournament, where she also defeated another tough opponent, Delia Arnold of Malaysia, in a five-game semi-final.
Meanwhile, Leo Au Chun-ming overcame Omar Abdel Aziz of Egypt in a gruelling five-game match to reach the second round of the men's qualifiers in Hong Kong.
Au's next task will be to take on Ivan Yuen of Malaysia today at the Hong Kong Squash Centre for a place in the main draw.
Choi Uen-shan also came through in the women's first round with a 3-1 win over Pushpa Devi of Malaysia. She will next meet Misaki Kobayashi of Japan.
With the last-minute withdrawals of Samantha Teran of Mexico and Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, a re-draw now pits Hong Kong's Annie Au Wing-chi against Gaby Huber of Switzerland in the opening round.
If Au goes through, she is likely to meet Joelle King of New Zealand in the next stage, followed by third seed Rachael Grinham of Australia in the quarter-finals if the form book holds.