05-Sep, Day TWO:
watch the replays
 Carmen Lee (Hkg) 3-1 Ho Ka-Wing
7/11, 11/9, 11/8,
Tang Yan Yi (Hkg) 3-1  Ali Hemingway (Wal)
12/10, 11/8, 9/11,
 Jemyca Aribado (Phi) 3-2 Chan Sin Yuk (Hkg)
11/8, 7/11, 11/6 (46m)
Li Sum Yin (Hkg) 3-1 Wong Po Yui (Hkg)
7/11, 11/7, 11/5,
 Carlos Cornes (Esp) 3-1 Henry Leung (Hkg)
11/8, 11/4, 11/9
 Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-1 Tsz Kwan Lau (Hkg)
11/7, 9/11, 11/9,
 Vikram Malhotra (Ind) 3-1  Evan Williams (Nzl)
3/11, 11/3 (40m)
 Tayyab Aslam (Pak) 3-2 Israr Ahmed (Pak)
11/2, 12/10, 3/11, 11/5 (71m)
Hong Kong hat-trick in women's
It was another good day for the local women's players as
qualifying concluded at Hong Kong Football Club, with three HK
players claiming unexpected places in the main draw.
club champion Carmen Lee was first though as she came
from a game down to beat Ho Ka-Wing, who had beaten the top seed
"I've had a wildcard in previous years, but I actually enjoy
having to play a couple of times to get through, rather than
just losing in the first round," said a delighted Lee, who
now plays second seeded Egyptian Nour El Tayeb.
"I had almost two years off, concentrating on coaching and
just enjoying my squash, but I joined PSA so I could play in
this, and maybe a few other events. It's tough going back to
competitive squash with virtually no training, but I'm loving
Li Sum Yin and Tang Yan Yi, both unseeded in the
qualifying competition, also made it through with wins over Wong
Po Yui and Ali Hemingway, and both face Indian opponents in the
main draw in Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal.
final spot was grabbed by Jemyca Aribado of the
Philippines, who came through a hard-fought five-setter against
top HK junior Chan Sin Yuk.
"She really took it to me in the first game, it took me a
while to get going," said Aribado. "It's the first time I've
qualified for anything as big as this, I've only ever made $5k
events before, so I'm really really happy!"
She earns a shot at another HK player, eight seed Liu Tsz Ling.
By contrast there were no home qualifiers in the men's, with all
the matches going to seeding.
seeded Indian pair Vikram Malhotra and Mahesh
Mangaonkar joind the Indian women in the main draw as they
beat Evan Williams and Tsz Kwan Lau, both in four games.
"That was a tough one for me," said Malhotra. "Evan and I
always seem to end up playing each other, so I'm happy to get
through that one. I was qualifier #1 for two months and no-one
pulled out, which is very unusual, so I'm happy to make the main
draw now, and pleased to join the ladies!"
now meet Egyptian opponents as Malhotra faces top seed Zahed
Mohamed while Mangaonkar meets 2012 HKFC champion Omar Mosaad,
the third seed.
Spain's Carlos Cornes managed to keep his cool in his
match against yesterday's upset hero Henry Leung, winning in
straight games to set up a match against local favourite Leo Au.
final spot was claimed by Tayyab Aslam, who recovered
from a mid-match ankle injury to beat fellow Pakistani Israr
Ahmed in five games.
"That was a good match," said Aslam, "we play each other
often and I'm happy with how I performed tonight, it's a while
since I played a PSA event. It's the fourth time I've played
this event and the fourth time I've qualified, I hope I can go
further than round one this time!"
To do so he'll have to beat Campbell Grayson, the eighth seed
from New Zealand.
Round one commences at 15.00 on Wednesday, with matches taking
place on all three all-Glass courts.
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