|22-Aug, Day TWO:
Qualifying Complete at HKFC
Sixteen matches at Hong Kong Football
Club today to finalise the main draws for the first World Series
event of the year.
Liu leads the way into HK main draw
The main draws of the first PSA World Series event of the season
are set after a tense day of qualifying finals at Hong Kong
Football Club, which witnessed a number of marathon matches and
a few upsets added to the bargain.
was just one home winner as Liu Tsz Ling came through a
nailbiting five-setter in which the last three games all went to
extra points to beat Australia's Sarah Cardwell, saving three
match balls before winning 12/10 in the fifth.
Her reward for qualifying for the first time - her previous main
draw appearance was as a wildcard - is an all-Hong Kong match
with Annie Au!
Hong Kong's only other hope, Tong Tsz-Wing, lost out in four
close games to qualifying top seed Nicolette Fernandes of
Guyana in an hour-long opening match.
was a double comeback in another women's five-setter as
England's Fiona Moverley recovered from two games down against
Nadine Shahin, and earned herself three match balls in
the decider only to see the young Egyptian take five points in a
row to secure the upset win and a first World Series main draw
Another Egyptian youngster, Amina Yousry, came within a whisker
of causing a big upset when she led Wales' Tesni Evans
two games to one, and saved three match balls to force extra
points in the decider before ultimately falling just short.
faces the daunting task of taking on 11-time defending champion
Malaysia's former world number five Low Wee Wern
confirmed her return to the top echelon with a straight-games
win over Millie Tomlinson, while in the all-Egyptian battle of
the world junior semi-finalists of the last two years, Hania
El Hammamy reversed her defeat here in May at the hands of
Salma Hany to reach the main draw.
were two upset results in the men's matches as England's Joe
Lee and Germany's Raphael Kandra upset the seedings
to book main draw places.
Kandra come from a game down to beat Peru's Diego Elias, taking
on the two-time world junior champion at the front of the court
and coming out the winner. He now meets rising Egyptian star Ali
survived a brutal 98-minute encounter with Frenchman Lucas Serme
- who survived the longest match of the first qualifying round.
Lee took the lead 11-1 in a game that lasted 16 minutes, and
both collapsed at the end - for different reasons - as Lee took
the 21-minute fifth game 11-8. He now faces Hong Kong's Max Lee.
v Lee was the penultimate match drawn out of the hat, which left
second qualifying seed Gregoire Marche knowing that he
would be meeting his summer-long training partner, second seed
and fellow Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the main draw - he
wasn't particularly amused!
The main draw begins tomorrow at 12.00 at Hong Kong Squash
Centre with the top halves of both draws.
Tickets on sale now
Signing off from HKFC