08-Sep, Day FIVE, SEMIS
 Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
3-2  Annie Au (Hkg)
11/9, 10/12, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9
 Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 3-1  Tesni Evans (Wal)
11/7, 7/11, 11/6, 11/2 (46m)
 Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-2  Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/9, 4/11, 11/5 (87m)
 Leo Au (Hkg) 3-1  Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/7, 11/1, 7/11,
More upsets as Leo keeps home hopes alive
Semi-Finals of the HKFC International at Hong Kong Football
Club saw more upsets as HK top seed Annie Au was beaten, but at
the end of a long day Leo Au upset the seeding to keep home
interest on finals day alive.
First up was a marathon women's match in which India's
Joshna Chinappa beat top seed and home favourite Annie Au
in five tough games.
Chinappa recovered from an early deficit in the first to take
the lead and almost did the same in the second before Au held on
to level. The Hong Kong player had good starts in the third and
fourth, Chinappa once again fought back to take the third but
couldn't do so in the fourth as Au set up a decider.
Again in the fifth Au led early, but Chinappa recovered to lead
8-5, and although Au reduced the arrears, two late errors cost
her dearly as the India's Asian Champion advanced to the final
11/9, 10/12, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9.
"That was such a tough match, very close from start to
finish," said Chinappa. "I had chances in the second but she put
the ball away well, but then I should have taken better
advantage of being 8-5 in the fifth.
"It's always tough to play Annie in HK, and very hard to beat
her, so I'm maybe a bit lucky but very happy to be in the final,
having Vik and Mahesh in my corner really helped."
The first men's match was even longer as Omar Mosaad
overcame defending champion Nafiizwan Adnan in a five
game marathon, gaining revenge for his defeat at the Malaysian's
hands last week in China.
There was little to choose between them in each of the five
games, Mosaad twice taking the lead only to be pegged back, then
pulling clear in the fifth to reach the final 11/6, 9/11, 11/9,
"You have to learn from defeats, and I think I've done
that," said Mosaad. "He's a very tough, solid player, I improved
against him last week and today I was happy to get the win over
him toady and very happy with my mental composure over five
"This is the first final I've reached in a year and a half so
I'm very happy and looking forward to tomorrow."
The second women's semi was an entertaining affair between
Nour El Tayeb and Tesni Evans, who shared the first
two games before the Egyptian second seed asserted more and more
control from the middle of the third, getting the better of
brutal rallies before eventually taking the fourth with some
comfort, winning 11/7, 7/11, 11/6, 11/2.
"I was a little nervous at the start and a bit off,"
admitted Tayeb," Tesni beat me the last time we played so I
wanted to make sure I played well, and as I got more into it I
felt my form improving and I started to enjoy it.
"This will be the first time I've played four matches in a
tournament for two years, so I'm really excited about that and
looking forward to the final."
The final match of the night went on over two hours behind
schedule, but home favourite Leo Au was quickly into his
stride against Omar Abdel Meguid, keeping ahead in the
first and then racing through the second as the Egyptian gave up
on the final few points, looking frustrated with the turn of
That wasn't then end of him though as Meguid battled back to
take the third, only for Au to take control from the start of
the fourth, rounding it off to reach his first HKFC final 11/7,
11/1, 7/11, 11/8.
"That was a tough match from start to finish with a few
decisions that both of us didn't understand, and a long day,"
said Leo, who had arrived at the start of the session to see
"It would have been nice if we could both had made the final,
but Annie has already won this event and it will be my first
final so I'm really looking forward to it."
Finals start at 15.00 on Saturday.
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