Noel Kennedy and Ken Chan Ken-che will be out for glory again this weekend in the Hong Kong International Classic, which this year has been expanded to include a women's competition. Kennedy and Chan won last year's pairs competition - Hong Kong's first pairs success in 19 years - and the duo are ready to tackle the singles competition at Kowloon Bowling Green Club today and tomorrow before taking on the pairs next week. For the first time in the 27-year history of the tournament, women will also feature in a singles and pairs competition, the preliminary rounds of which will be played at the Craigengower Cricket Club. Kennedy, 43, will be out to reclaim the singles title he last won in 1994, while 23-year-old Chan (pictured) is in good form and ready to give a good account of himself. Chan last month returned with a silver medal from the under-25 event at the Asian championships in Shenzhen. 'I am definitely playing with a lot more confidence than when I first competed in the Classic three years ago. This is my third straight Classic and after last year's success [in the pairs competition], I'm really hoping to do well in the singles as well,' said Chan, who was also a pairs finalist in the Classic in 2005. 'It's another strong field but we're playing on home ground and that should tilt things in our favour,' he added. Chan and Kennedy will have their work cut out as they compete against a world-class field that includes Malaysia's world champion Safuan Said. Also returning this year to defend his Classic title is New Zealand's Mark Watt, while former Classic singles champion Mark Walton of England will be having another crack at the title. 'Competition is expected to be very tough, but I hope to do my best and try to do something in this tournament on my debut in this competition,' said Said, world title winner in Christchurch, New Zealand, in January. The men's and women's singles finals will be held at Kowloon Bowling Green Club tomorrow. The pairs competition will begin on Monday and finish next Sunday at Craigengower Cricket Club.