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HKFC International 2017


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HKFC International 2017
Men's Draw

04 - 09 Sep
Hong Kong China, $25k
Round one
06 sep
[1] Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 (46m)
[Q] Vikram Malhotra (IND)
Vikram Malhotra
11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (38m)
 Leo Au
 Leo Au
11-7, 11-1, 7-11, 11-8 (72m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
 Leo Au
8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-7 (109m)
Omar Mosaad
[7] Leo Au (HKG)
11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (32m)
[Q] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP)
[5] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)
Farhan Zaman (PAK)
Omar Abdel Meguid
11-8, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 (55m)
Yip Tsz Fung
[4] Yip Tsz Fung (HKG)
11-7, 11-8, 11-1 (36m)
Rex Hedrick (AUS)
[3] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (48m)
[Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
Omar Mosaad
11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11 (83m)
Campbell Grayson
Omar Mosaad
11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-5 (87m)
Nafiizwan Adnan
[8] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
12-10, 11-5, 11-1 (28m)
[Q] Tayyab Aslam (PAK)
[6] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
11-6, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 (32m)
Farhan Mehboob (PAK)
Nafiizwan Adnan
6-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (104m)
Alan Clyne
[WC] Wong Chi Him (HKG)
11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (27m)
Alan Clyne (SCO)


Qualifying finals:
Vikram Malhotra (IND) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 11-9, 11-6, 3-11, 11-3 (40m)
Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) bt Henry Leung (HKG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (31m)
Tayyab Aslam (PAK) bt Israr Ahmed (PAK) 8-11, 11-2, 12-10, 3-11, 11-5 (71m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Lau Tsz Kwan (HKG) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (41m)

HKFC International 2017
Women's Draw

04 - 10 Sep
Hong Kong China, $25k
Round one
06 sep
[1] Annie Au (HKG)
11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)
Vanessa Chu (HKG)
Annie Au
11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (28m)
 Joey Chan
Annie Au
11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 (71m)
Joshna Chinappa
Joshna Chinappa
11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (26m)
Nour El Tayeb
[5] Joey Chan (HKG)
11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4 (40m)
Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)
[8] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 (43m)
[Q] Jemyca Aribado (PHI)
Liu Tsz-Ling
11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-3 (50m)
Joshna Chinappa
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (16m)
[Q] Li Sum Yin (HKG)
[4] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
Tesni Evans
10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-3 (62m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
Tesni Evans
11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-2 (46m)
Nour El Tayeb
[6] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (21m)
[Q] Tang Yan Yi (HKG)
[7] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9 (42m)
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG)
Ho Tze-Lok
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (22m)
Nour El Tayeb
[Q] Carmen Lee (HKG)
11-3, 11-4, 11-7 (15m)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY)


Qualifying finals:
Carmen Lee (HKG) bt Ho Ka Wing (HKG) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (32m)
Jemyca Aribado (PHI) bt Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6 (46m)
Li Sum Yin (HKG) bt Wong Po Yui Kirstie (HKG) 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (25m)
Tang Yan Yi (HKG) bt Ali Hemingway (WAL) 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 (44m)

EL Tayeb And Au Claim HKFC Titles

Nour El Tayeb and Leo Au are the 2017 HKFC International Champions, after contrasting final victories in front of a packed crowd at Hong Kong Football Club.

Tayeb, the second seed, took the initiative from the outset against fourth seeded Indian Joshna Chinappa, who was appearing in her second consecutive HKFC final.

Tayeb raced to early leads, 7-1 in the first and 6-2 in the second, converting them both 11-4 as Chinappa found some traction but too late. The pattern continued in the third, and the Egyptian claimed her first title in almost two years, taking the third 11-4 in just under half an hour.

“I knew that Joshna had a hard match yesterday,” said Tayeb, “so I tried to make it fast from the start and it seemed to work. Joshna’s a fighter, she came back a little but I managed to close out each game.

“I’m delighted to win the title on my first visit here, I really enjoy being in Hong Kong and I haven’t won four matches in a row for a long time!”

Title joy for Nour El Tayeb

An Egyptian double looked on the cards as third seed Omar Mosaad took a two-game lead over local favourite Leo Au. Neither game was easy, but Mosaad, champion here in 2012, looked too strong for first-time finalist Au.

Spurred on by the crowd, the Hong Kong man fought back well to take the third, coming from 4-6 down to take it 11-6 with the match already over the hour mark

Au took that momentum into the fourth, working his way to a 10-7 lead. Mosaad saved all three game balls, two with crisp winners, and had three match balls of his own at 11-10, 12-11 and 13-12, all of which Leo saved with positive attacks.

Two errors from Mosaad – probably more than Au had made in the whole match to date – and the match moved into a decider.

Au was always just ahead in a tense fifth, completing the comeback at the first attemps as Mosaad hit the ball back to the centre of the court for an obvious stroke.

Leo Au roars with delight after his victory

“When I was 2-0 down I didn't really think about anything, I just told myself to do my best and keep the rallies going. At 10-7 in the fourth he played some good shots, then I did the same to save those match balls – it was very tense, I was so happy to win it on my first match ball in the fifth!

“I've played Omar a few times and that's the first time I've beaten him, and like I said yesterday I haven't done well in this tournament before so to win it in my first final feels great.”
Chinappa Spoils Home Hopes In Hong Kong

Joshna Chinappa ended hopes of a dream title winning double for siblings Leo and Annie Au at the 2017 HKFC International at the Hong Kong Football Club, defeating top seeded Annie in a semi-final upset.

Chinappa twice saw game leads eroded as Au fought back to keep her tournament alive – and it was the home favourite who opened up an early lead in the fifth. But a series of errors from the racket of Au allowed Chinappa back into it and the Indian number one grasped the opportunity, pushing through to take a tense fifth game 11-9.

“That was such a tough match, it was very close from start to finish,” said Chinappa.

“I had chances in the second but she put the ball away well. 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.”

Chinappa will now face Egyptian Nour El Tayeb in the title-decider after she overcame Welsh talent Tesni Evans 3-1.

Leo Au meanwhile kept up his hopes of winning the title with victory over higher seeded Omar Abdel Meguid – prevailing 3-1 to set up a tough finale against former World No.4 Omar Mosaad.

Au was quickly into his stride against Meguid, keeping ahead in the first and then racing through the second as the Egyptian gave up on the final few points.

To his credit Meguid battled back to take the third, only for Au to take control from the start of the fourth to reach his first HKFC final.

“That was a tough match from start to finish,” said Au.

“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.”