Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin hopes a series of tough preparation events in past few months will make all the difference when she competes at the Asian Championships, which start today in Taiwan. An eight-strong Hong Kong squad will take part in the tournament, which features the top women's players from Malaysia as well as the leading men from Pakistan. 'We are well prepared for the event. We played a tough challenge cup competition last week and the players are hitting their top form,' said Hong Kong coach Tony Choi Yuk-kwan. 'Chiu finished third in the individual event two years ago and the women's team came second overall. The men's team were fifth. We hope to do better in Taiwan, but it is not going to be easy as the Malaysians are very strong in the women's competition and Pakistan are always a world power in men's squash.' Chiu, the second seed, will meet the world's top player, Nicol David of Malaysia, if both make through to the final. Another Hong Kong player, Christina Mak Pui-hin, also has a favourable draw and can make it through to the semi-finals. The two other team members are Elise Ng Ka-wun and Karen Lau Siu-ying. Chiu suffered a muscle cramp in the final against Shelley Kitchen at the Buler Challenge Cup last week, but she said she had fully recovered. The Hong Kong men's team, comprising Wong Wai-hang, Dick Lau Siu-wai, Roger Ngan Lun-cheung and Faheem Khan, will be aiming for a top-three finish after they came fifth at the last championships two years ago.