TWO-TIMES runner-up Peter Hill threw down the gauntlet to defending champion Faheem Khan in the Hong Kong Closed Championships with an easy first-round win at the Hong Kong Squash Centre yesterday. Second-seeded Hill took less than 20 minutes to crush junior international Yan Tsz-keung 9-1, 9-0, 9-8 - and was delighted with his performance. 'I only started training for this event two weeks ago and I certainly lacked the match practice,' said the Singaporean. 'I wasn't really tested today but my form looks very promising. 'I'm confident of going all the way and perhaps it will be third time lucky for me because I lost to Faheem in the last two finals.' Hill can expect a tougher fight in today's quarter-finals when he faces local number two junior Wong Wai-hang, who stopped Lai Tin-chu 9-1, 9-3, 3-9, 9-7. Defending champion and top-seeded Khan breezed through his opening match, beating surprise qualifier Wong Kin-man 9-3, 9-4, 9-2. Wong had pulled off a minor upset in the qualifying round on Monday when he defeated Premier League player Harold Low Yiu-keung. Aspiring Pakistani professional Sadiq Mohammad, the number three seed making his debut in the tournament, had to dig deep into his resources to beat coach and mentor Fayyaz Mohammad 9-5, 9-4, 9-5. Fourth-ranked Andrew Shum Siu-chung also advanced without any difficulty, sweeping to a 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 victory over Au Chun-tat. Also through to the quarter-finals are Jackie Lee Chun-kit, Sunny Poon Yat-sing, and Dick Leung Kan-fai. Lee stopped Vincent Cheung Cheuk-yin 9-6, 9-7, 9-2, Poon downed Wong Wai-chung 9-5, 9-7, 9-5 and Leung beat John Choi Wing-yiu 7-9, 9-1, 9-0, 9-6.