Hong Kong are gaining momentum for a team gold medal despite the defeat of promising Annie Au Wing-chi in the individual final at the Asian Games City Gymnasium yesterday. The second seed put up a strong fight against world number one Nicol David, of Malaysia, before losing 3-1 and had to settle for a silver medal. Another Hong Kong player, Joey Chan Ho-ling, who lost to her teammate in the semi-finals, was awarded a bronze medal. Both Au and Chan are making their debuts in the Games, and their medal-winning performances pleased coach Tony Choi Yuk-kwan. 'I have not seen David pushed so hard by her opponent for a long time,' Choi said. 'Au played an exceptional match in the final and still has a lot of room for improvement. If we look at the next Asian Games, both Au and Chan have good chances of achieving a better result.' David, who won a record fifth consecutive World Open title in September, had to work hard before taking the first game 11-8, but a determined Au fought back in the second, with strong support from fans, to win 11-8. The next two games were dominated by the Malaysian, who overpowered Au 11-6, 11-7. Au, however, remained in a positive frame of mind, saying it was a matter of time before she beat David. 'I have met her three times now and each time we are getting closer and closer,' Au, who put her studies at Polytechnic University on hold to prepare for the Games. said. 'My fitness has improved a lot since I spent more time training and I still felt strong at the end of the match. 'Our target is now the team event and we all look forward to another good performance to bring home a medal.' Choi is also confident of Hong Kong's chances in the team events. The men's team (Lee Ho-yin, Kwong Yu-shun and Au Chun-ming) had a winning start when they accounted for Sri Lanka 3-0 yesterday. 'We stand a pretty good chance in the women's event, but we also want to do well in the men's competition,' Choi said. 'Judging from their performance in the individual event, we have a very balanced and strong women's team. 'But before talking about the colour of the medal, we have to focus on our group match against India as we need a victory to avoid meeting Malaysia in the semi-finals.' Apart from the two medallists, the Hong Kong women's team includes Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin, gold medallist at the 2002 Pusan Games, and up-and-coming Liu Tsz-ling. Hong Kong were beaten by India at this year's Asian championships and had to face Malaysia in the semi-finals, which they won 2-1. They then scored a 2-0 win over the Indians to take the title.