HOPES of a local victory in the Hong Kong leg of the Agfa Asian Women's All Stars circuit have been boosted by the absence of China's world number one, Deng Yaping. Deng was invited to take part in the tournament, at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Thursday and Friday, but she is in Monte Carlo to support Beijing's bid for the 2000 Olympics. China will have just one representative in Hong Kong - world number two Qiao Hong - after they turned down a wild-card invitation from organisers for a second player. Hong Kong's top two stars, Chai Po-wa and Chan Tan-lui, will be looking to cash in on Deng's absence. And world number eight Chai will be going all out for revenge after some costly defeats at the hands of Qiao. Qiao beat the Hong Kong player in the quarter-finals at the Barcelona Olympics last year and again got the upper hand when the pair clashed in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup in Shunde, China, last week. Qiao came back from 5-15 in the fifth and final game to edge the China-born Hong Kong player 22-20 in their most recent clash. On current form Chai looks to be Hong Kong's best hope, having finished fourth in Shunde while teammate Chan failed to make it past the quarter-finals. ''I had every chance of beating Qiao but I cracked,'' said a disappointed Chai, who lost to China's Wang Cheng in the play-off for bronze. ''I'm keen to play Qiao on my home ground and I hope that the support of the home fans will give me the edge.'' Other players in the Hong Kong tournament are Taiwan's Chen Jing and Xu Jing, South Korean Park Kyung-ae, Japanese Rika Sato and China-born Jing Junhong of Singapore.