Hong Kong's Max Lee reaches Malaysian Open squash final

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 August, 2014, 10:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 August, 2014, 12:35am

Max Lee Ho-yin scored another "first" for Hong Kong by reaching the Malaysian Open final in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The 26-year-old, ranked a career-high 25th in the world, upset world number seven, Spain's Borja Golan 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7, in his semi-final - the first time a Hong Kong men's player has beaten a player ranked in the world's top 10.

Lee's breakthrough victory also gives him a chance of lifting his second title inside five weeks after his victory at last month's Victorian Open in Melbourne.

Hong Kong head coach Tony Choi Yuk-kwan said Lee's victory proved Hong Kong's top men could match the exploits of top local women ace Annie Au Wing-chi.

"Max is really going places and is setting a grand example, in that if the women can do it, so can the men," said a delighted Choi.

"It's the first time a Hong Kong men's player has reached a major final," he said.

Lee will meet top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy in today's final.

Lee has made several "breakthroughs" this year, including becoming the first Hong Kong men's player to gain direct entry into the main draw of next week's Cathay Pacific-Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open.