|21-Aug, Day ONE:
Qualifying begins at HKFC
just two home wins and one upset ...
A busy opening day, with four courts in
use for eight sessions. Plenty of home interest, with 9 HK
players in each qualifying draw.
was a good start for the home players as Tong Tsz Wing
beat 9th seed Christine Nunn in the opening match, with Liu
Tsz-Ling following shortly afterwards as she won the first
15 points of the match on the way to beating Egypt's Mena
Those were to be the only two Hong Players to progress though,
and the only upset, as for the rest of the day the higher-ranked
players all asserted their authority.
Other notable matches included Bubble Liu playing well to take
the first game off Amina Yousry, and Low Wee Wern
coming through a tough four games against Misaki Kobayashi in a
repeat of their clash here in May.
last women's match of the day was the longest as Milou van der
Heijden finally saw off Vanessa Chu - who had a great run in
qualifying here last year - in five games, much to her own
relief her opponent's dismay.
There were no upsets at all - and no home players progressing
either- in the men's draw.
usual there were a mixture of comfortable wins for the seasoned
pros against young locals, some tougher wins against some of
those Hong Kong players who have played in the draw in a few
times, and a couple of pro-v-pro encounters that were much, much
Among that last group was Nicolas Mueller's win over
India's Harinderpal Sandhu, the Swiss needing all five games to
progress, and Lucas Serme's tough four games against
James Huang, the newly-married Frenchman adding to the list of
tough Hong Kong draws for the Taipei number one.
20-Aug, Day Zero:
Ready for the off in Hong Kong
2016/17 season kicks off with a bang as qualifying for the
Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open gets under
way at Hong Kong Football Club.
There will be two days of qualifying on
HKFC's unique all-glass courts, three days of main draw
rounds one at two at Hong Kong Squash Centre, and three
days of Quarters/Semis/Finals at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre
(joined to the Squash Centre, same venue as the last two years)
at the end of which we'll have our first major winners of the
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