Annie Au (Hkg) 3-0  Hania El Hammamy (Egy)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (24m)
 Max Lee (Hkg) 3-0  Leo Au (Hkg)
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (34m)
Annie and Max deliver HKFC Hong Kong Double
Finals day at the Queclink HKFC International saw the Hong Kong
players and a lone Egyptian vying for the title in the seventh
edition of the Queclink HKFC International, and the packed home
crowd was delighted to witness a home double as top seeds Annie
Au and Max Lee triumphed, both in straight games.
Annie took on Egyptian teenager Hania El Hammamy for the first
time, and immediately put her delicate skills and courtcraft to
good use, taking a healthy 8-2 lead in the opening game. Hania
fought back, but couldn't quite close the gap as Annie took the
The next two games followed a similar pattern - early leads for
Annie and a late fightback by Hania, but even though Hania
managed to get Annie into a number of rallies with both players
hitting consistently hard shots - unusual for Annie - the Hong
Kong number one closed out both games to claim her second HKFC
title, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.
"It's a great feeling to play in my home town, and to put in a
good performance in in front of my friends and family," said
"I got a good start in all of the games and tried to keep the
pressure on. It's a great feeling to win this title again after
losing in the semis the last two times, I hope I can carry this
momentum into the coming up tournaments like te US Open and
The men's final was an all-Hong Kong affair between top seed Max
Lee and defending champion Leo Au. Max led the head to head
10-8, but Leo had wo the last three - including the Asian Games
final - and six of the last seven.
But from the outset it was Max in charge today, controlling most
of the rallies and picking off winners when the opportunity
presented itself, while nothing was seemingly going right for
Leo - his drops and volley drops didn't have their normal
accuracy, and he was getting frustrated with some of the
decisions he was getting from the referee.
Max led throughout all three games, and although Leo was getting
closer game by game, and starting to drag Max into some of the
long cat and mouse rallies that are his forte, today was Max's
day and in just over half an hour he was claiming the title for
the third time 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.
"When Leo and I play it always depends on the conditioning of
our bodies," said Max, "and I had a rest after the Asian Games
while Leo played in Pakistan.
"I think I played well today, and I'm happy to win in this club
- I'm playing for them in the League so I have so many friends
who make we welcome here and support me, and that gave me some
more impetus to win.
"You always have good days and bad days in tournaments, but this
was a good day!"