The fact that Annie Au Wing-chi took one game - the first no less - against favourite and number one seed Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin was one thing. But when Au won the fourth and pushed the women's final of the Crocodile Hong Kong Closed Championships to a fifth and deciding game, those in attendance must have wondered whether this would be the year Chiu would lose her stranglehold on the tournament. Chiu, however, quickly changed tactics and put those thoughts to rest, winning her 12th title, 7-9, 9-3, 9-7, 6-9, 9-3. 'I don't know what happened,' Chiu said. 'I think I spent most of the time at the beginning chasing from behind so I think my focus wasn't great.' Au took the lead in each game except for the fifth, when Chiu led 4-0. 'She decided to play faster in the fifth game and at first I wasn't used to it,' Au said, adding that by the time she realised Chiu's change of tactics, she was already too far behind. Still, Au was happy after the match, excited that she had, for the first time, been able to play five games against Chiu. 'It's the best I've played against her,' Au said. 'It's always been 3-0.' In the third game, Au was up 7-4 but had problems finishing, letting Chiu steal it, 9-7. However, during the break she regrouped, telling herself she had accomplished her goal of winning one game. Au, who had lost in the finals once before, decided she had nothing to lose. She relaxed and found her shots to win the fourth game 9-6. Her gallant fightback came up just short, however, as Chiu hit the ground running in the final game to clinch it, 9-3. The men's final was played in a similar style, the one difference being that Max Lee Ho-yin had defeated the tournament favourite, Wong Wai-hang, in the semi-finals and was facing Dick Lau Siu-wai. Lau and Lee fought for five long games, but Lau prevailed, winning his first men's championship, 9-3, 4-9, 0-9, 9-5, 9-3. 'I was mentally out of it in the third, and in the fourth game I told myself that I couldn't lose 9-0 again, that I had trained for 10 months and so I gave him no chance to volley or to get easy shots,' Lau said. Aside from the third game, the match was tightly contested, the pace was fast and the rallies were long. Lau's winning shot came in the one area of the court where he had the most success - the back left corner, where Lee was unable to get to his low shots. Lee called the match tough and said he was tired from his straight-games victory over top-seeded Wong. Lau, however, praised Lee's fitness and said part of the reason the match had been so demanding was because the two had often trained together. 'We know each other's games very well,' Lau said. 'And he had so much confidence from beating Wong that he was always attacking.'