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30-Nov, Day TWO:
Qualifying Finals - three for HK

The second day of qualifying at Hong Kong Football Club saw the last sixteen places in the main draws decided, and it was a good day for the hosts as three out of the four Hong Kong players were victorious.

"I would be happy if one or two made it through to the main draw," said HK Head Coach Tony Choi at the start of the day, so he was delighted with the results of Vanessa Chu, Ho Tze Lok and Yip Tsz Fung.

Chu started the ball rolling with a straight-game win over Milou van der Heijden, Ho had a great result in beating Misaki Kobayashi in three, and Yip completed the trio with a three-nil win over Mahesh Mangaonkar.

"I'm so happy," said Chu, "today I played my shots so well and felt really comfortable on court, I didn't feel any pressure. It's the first time I made the draw in five attempts so I hope I can play well again."

Ho has fallen in qualifying in each of the last seven years, so was delighted with her upset win.

"I didn't expect that," she said, "I knew she was a top seed so I was just trying my best. At 10-6 in the third I just told myself 'one more point', but it took a few rallies for it to come!"

Yip was delighted with his first main draw appearance: "I'd beaten Mahesh before so I knew I could do it, but it's still a relief to make it through for the first time."

Elsewhere in the men's there were hard fought wins for Finland's Olli Tuominen who came from one-two down to deny Eddie Charlton, while Declan James provided England's only success with a marathon 100-minute five game win over Ivan Yuen.

"I had to motivate myself to increase the pace, he was slowing it down well," said Tuominen, who has been struggling with injuries of late. "It's nice to be able to play pain free, it's been a while, and nice to be in the main draw here again.

There were some particularly tough women's matches - Siyoli Waters had to come from two games down to deny Chloe Mesic, Megan Craig survived a torrid five-setter with Nouran El Torky, Christine Nunn was at two games all with Menna Nasser when the Egyptian injured her ankle and had to concede in the fifth, and Coline Aumard sneaked through with 13/11 in the last two games against Deon Saffery.

"She got a better start than me, but I was happy I managed to get it back and to finish playing how I wanted," said Waters.

Aumard was grateful for her coach's advice: "I wasn't very confident with my game, but Philippe [Signoret] kept telling me I could do it, which was just what I needed."

Round One begins at Hong Kong Squash Centre tomorrow, starting at 13.30 with the top half of the draws.


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