Junior squash prodigy Chan Ho-ling has again shown she could become the next great Hong Kong women's player by winning a competition well above her age level. Ho-ling, a 14-year-old student at the Jockey Club Ti-I College in Sha Tin, was crowned champion of the under-19 division in the Prince Hong Kong Junior Squash Closed Championships. She beat Leung Shin-nga in the title match at the Cornwall Street Squash Centre, at Kowloon Tong, on Sunday. Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin officially became the top player in Asia this year when she won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, but in another four or five years it may be her compatriot Ho-ling who will take the honours. Iris Chung of the Hong Kong Squash Association said Ho-ling, now Hong Kong's number one-ranked junior, was a special talent. 'Most young players often show the stamina required to play the game well - but Ho-ling is able to read each game superbly,' said Chung. Chung added that a lot more girls were playing squash since Chiu's triumph in South Korea in October. 'There are especially more girls playing at the sports centres and entering competitions - Rebecca [Chiu] is a very good role model,' said Chung. The slightly built Ho-ling was spotted by SAR squash officials three years ago, and has since frequently defeated older rivals. Earlier this year, still aged 13, she demolished a Malaysian player four years her senior, while she played as the youngest-ever SAR player at the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur. Afterwards she explained how she defeats supposedly stronger opponents. 'I hit the ball closer to the tin to make them run more, and my fitness is also good,' said Ho-ling, who added that her target was to beat Chiu in three years' time. Hong Kong head coach Tony Choi Yuk-kwan agreed Ho-ling had the potential to do so. 'She's talented and has a bright future if she builds up her strength and gets more international exposure. It's hard to compare her and Rebecca as I don't want to put her under pressure,' Choi said. Chiu was 14 when she made her debut at the 1994 Asian Championships. Ho-ling's next challenge is to defend the under-15 title she won at the Scottish Junior Open last December. The young star will sacrifice the Christmas and New Year school holidays to prepare for the tournament on the other side of the world in Britain. Champions were decided in five age divisions at the Hong Kong Closed Open last weekend. The boys' winners were: Fung Ngo-long (under-11), Au Chun-ming (u-13), Lee Ho-yin (u-15), Raymond Chiu (u-17), and Dick Lau (u-19). Girls' champs were: Athena Chan (under-11), Ko Sin-ting (u-13), Chiu Ka-ki (u-15), Natalie So (u-17), and Ho-ling (u-19).