Tennis tourists served tough sets in Europe

Hong Kong's junior tennis players are experiencing mixed success on their tour to Europe which reaches its half-way stage this weekend.

Tong Ka-po, 15, began the tour on a high note by reaching the semi-finals of the girls' singles and winning the doubles in the Pont Des Generation 16-and-under tournament in France. She then reached the quarter-finals of the Apple Bowl in singles in Spain.

Wayne Wong, 15, Jason Sankey, 16, and Ka-po are holding their own against strong opposition. Hong Kong players aged 14 and under are finding it tough as they discover just how much British tennis had improved in that age group.

Jason recorded the best result so far in the tour by reaching the semi-finals at a strong international 16 and under event in Winchester.

Last week, he recorded one of his best results at the 18 and under singles in the Czech Republic ITF junior tournament beating number three seed Karim Maamoom of Egypt.

Ka-po crashed out in the first round of the singles but managed to reach the quarter-finals of the doubles.

Wayne Wong reached the quarter-finals of the ITF 18 and under event in Winchester and at Surbiton won the 18 and under doubles event. He also reached the semi-finals of the 16 and under singles where he lost a close three set match.

Most of the territory's success has come in the doubles events with Michael and Ian reaching the 14 and under doubles final at Surbiton and Jeffrey Wong and Yu Hui Tong reaching the 12-and under doubles final in Surbiton.

Julie Sze and Poon Hoi-yee, both 11, managed to reach the doubles semi-finals in the girls' 12 and under doubles.