Chan to carry Asian Games hopes for HK

WILLY Chan Lee will be hoping to represent Hong Kong at October's Asian Games in Hiroshima.

Janet Hardisty, of the Hong Kong Tennis Association, said Chan is Hong Kong's best hope of gaining acceptance into the Asian Games main draw.

Her name, and possibly that of rising Davis Cup player Melvin Tong, will be submitted to the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong for consideration.

''Willy is our best hope,'' said Hardisty. ''We might consider Melvin Tong as well. But there is still plenty of time.'' Chan, 16, has a top 400 world-ranking and is also the Asian junior champion.

The 19-year-old Tong made his senior debut for Hong Kong in December's Ghafar Cup Asian Team Championships in Manila, scoring a win over the top player from Taiwan.

Meanwhile, leading Hong Kong junior John Hui was beaten in both singles and doubles at the Junior Championships at Victoria Park yesterday.

Hui lost 6-2, 6-3 to second-seeded Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty in the quarter-finals of the singles tournament.

He returned on court one hour after his singles defeat with British doubles partner Alex Osterrieth. But the pair lost 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals to the Australian-Canadian duo of Nash Novak and Chris Santoso.

Hrbaty meets Indonesia's Andrian Raturandang in the singles semi-finals while top-seed Santoso takes on South Korea's Lee Jeong-min.

Top-seeded Filipina Francesca La'O will meet second-seeded Ludmila Varmuzova, of Czech Republic, in the girls' singles final.