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ANNIE AU WING-CHI
The talented 16-year-old helped Hong Kong win their first world junior squash title by trouncing top seeds Egypt in the World Junior Women's Team Championships in Belgium last month. With the major tournaments over for the year, Au wants to focus more on her studies before taking the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) next year.
How did you feel about winning Hong Kong's first world junior title?
I'm very happy because we came first after beating last year's winner Egypt. I feel that our hardship is rewarded and we bring honour for the people of Hong Kong.
What have your other results been like this year?
Early this year, I placed second in the under-17 category of the British Junior Open. In March, we won the team event in the Asian Junior Championships in India which boosted our confidence for the world championships. I also grabbed a silver medal in the individual event. I'm very satisfied with this year's results.
What's your immediate goal?
I will target the British Junior Open next year. Meanwhile, I want to improve my fitness, strength and skills. We have physical disadvantage against westerners because they are taller and more forceful, so we have to develop better skills and flexibility.
How do you handle pressure before matches?
I usually listen to music, mainly Canto-pop, before competitions. This relaxes me and helps me stay focused on the games. Having enough rest is useful too.
Do you plan to switch to playing full-time?
I have thought about this issue but I think I don't want to give up either squash or my studies. I will take the HKCEE next year, so if I have good results and can progress to form six I will definitely continue my studies.
How do you strike a balance between studies and squash?
I seldom go out or watch movies, and I spend less time on TV than other young people.
What's your long-term target in squash?
I hope I can get into the world top 30 one day.