Hong Kong reach men’s final of Asian Squash Team Championships
Tang Ming-hong and Max Lee lead the way to sweep Japan aside in the semi-finals; the women lose out to India in their clash
Hong Kong routed Japan on Saturday to reach the men’s final at the Asian Squash Team Championships in Taipei, despite the continued absence of injured No 1 Leo Au Chun-ming.
They had a straight 2-0 win with Tang Ming-hong giving Hong Kong the perfect start when he overwhelmed Naoki Hayashi in a quick-fire match 11-1, 11-4, 11-4.
Max Lee Ho-yin conceded only nine points in three games to beat Ryunosuke Tsukue 11-4, 11-1, 11-4.
It was a different story in the women’s contest, with Hong Kong losing 2-1 to India in their semi-final.
Hong Kong won the opening match with Liu Tsz-ling beating Sachika Ingale in straight games 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 but top player Annie Au Wing-chi, the world No 10, was no match for Joshana Chinappa, losing 11-7, 13-11, 11-4.
With the tie level at 1-1, the pressure was on Joey Chan Ho-ling. She took the first two games 12-10, 11-4 against Dipika Pallikal, but lost the next three 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 and the match.
Hong Kong will play Pakistan in the men’s final on Sunday while the women’s team have to settle for joint third place with Japan, as there is no play-off for the bronze medal.