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25/11/2018
Hong Kong Open 2018

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Hong Kong Open 2018
Men's Draw
19 - 25 Nov
Hong Kong, China, $329k

ROUND THREE
22 NOV
QUARTERS
23 NOV
SEMIS
24 NOV
FINAL
25 NOV
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (31m)
Tom Richards (ENG)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 (54m)
Paul Coll
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (36m)
Tarek Momen
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (39m)
 
 Ali Farag
[6] Paul Coll (NZL)
13-11, 11-9, 11-9 (60m)
Declan James (ENG)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (28m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
 Mohamed Abouelghar
13-11, 11-13, 12-10, 11-7 (82m)
Tarek Momen
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8 (44m)
Raphael Kandra (GER)
[4] Simon RŲsner (GER)
11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (28m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Simon RŲsner
11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 18-16 (99m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Simon RŲsner
12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (44m)
 
Ali Farag
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)
Zahed Salem (EGY)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (34m)
Tsz Fung Yip
Karim Abdel Gawad
7-11, 12-10, 11-7,
12-10 (84m)
Ali Farag
Diego Elias (PER)
11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8 (63m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY)
ROUND ONE
Result - Menís First Round: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
Ramit Tandon (IND) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (47m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-9 (29m)
Joel Makin (WAL) bt [WC] Chi Him Wong (HKG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (40m)
Leo Au (HKG) bt Edmon Lopez (ESP)9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (60m)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [WC] Henry Leung (HKG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (40m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (38m)
Joshua Masters (ENG) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 3-2: 4-11, 3-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-7 (67m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (33m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-1: 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (59m)
Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (33m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1: 11-2, 11-4, 4-11, 11-4 (43m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (34m)
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (49m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (29m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (42m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX)13-11, 11-4, 11-6 (36m)

Results - Menís Second Round (Top Half): 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (32m)
Declan James (ENG) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 3-2: 14-16, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8 (85m)
[6] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (59m)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (32m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (47m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (28m)

Results - Menís Second Round (Bottom Half): 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[4] Simon RŲsner (GER) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 (47m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4 (53m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7 (70m)
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-2: 6-11, 13-11, 6-11, 16-14, 11-8 (79m)
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 14-12 (41m)
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 14-12, 7-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9 (79m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 13-11 (35m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)

Hong Kong Open 2018
Women's Draw
19 - 25 Nov
Hong Kong, China, $329k

ROUND THREE
22 NOV
QUARTERS
23 NOV
SEMIS
24 NOV
FINAL
25 NOV
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 13-11 (44m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA)
Nour El Sherbini
7-11, 11-7, 11-13,
11-8, 11-5 (58m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
Sarah-Jane Perry
11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (34m)
Joelle King
Joelle King
11-4, 12-10, 19-17 (48m)
 
 Raneem El Welily
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
7-11, 15-17, 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (78m)
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[5] Joelle King (NZL)
11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3 (41m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Joelle King
11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (28m)
Nour El Tayeb
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 (41m)
[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[4] Camille Serme (FRA)
11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (32m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Camille Serme
11-6, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 (57m)
Nouran Gohar
Nouran Gohar
13-11, 10-12, 11-8,
9-11, 11-7 (66m)
 
Raneem El Welily
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
14-12, 12-10, 11-8 (37m)
[9] Alison Waters (ENG)
Joey Chan (HKG)
11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (34m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY)
Joey Chan
11-2, 11-8, 11-6 (22m)
Raneem El Welily
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG)
10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
ROUND ONE
Result - Womenís First Round: 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-2: 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 (64m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 (20m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-2: 11-13, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 (56m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 12-14, 11-4, 11-7 (44m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8 (43m)
Mayar Hany (EGY) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 3-2: 15-13, 11-7, 10-12, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [WC] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 3-1: 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (32m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 3-1: 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 (37m)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 14-12, 11-5 (37m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8 (38m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (23m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [WC] Vanessa Chu (HKG) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-6 (31m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 6-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (25m)
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-1: 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7 (38m)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 6-2 ret. (15m)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Rachel Arnold (MAS)11-9, 12-10, 12-14, 9-11, 11-3 (53m)

Results - Womenís Second Round (Top Half): 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (27m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [10] Annie Au (HKG) 3-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (29m)
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-1: 11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (30m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [16] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (29m)
[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (36m)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (27m)

Results - Womenís Second Round (Bottom Half): 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-0 (20m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [11] Nicol David (MAS) 3-2: 12-10, 0-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6 (49m)
[9] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-0: 14-12, 11-7, 11-9 (30m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-6 (22m)
Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [6] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3 (32m)
Joey Chan (HKG) bt [15] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 15-17, 11-7 (47m)
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5 (34m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt Rowan Elaraby (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (20m)
REPORTS
King and ElShorbagy Claim Hong Kong Open Titles

New Zealandís Joelle King and Egyptís Mohamed ElShorbagy are the 2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open champions after they claimed respective wins over Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre earlier today.

World No.7 King has lifted the first PSA World Tour Platinum trophy of her career after a sublime performance from the 30-year-old saw her defeat World No.2 and 2017 runner-up Raneem El Welily by an 11-4, 12-10, 19-17 scoreline.

The Kiwi dominated proceedings in the opening game and was able to see out the second on the tie-break to put one hand on the trophy. El Welily - who will become World No.1 on December 1 - came out firing in a captivating third game as she looked to avoid defeat in the final of this tournament for a fourth time.

But it was King who came out on top to capture the 12th PSA Tour title of her career, while she becomes the first New Zealander since Carol Owens at the Tournament of Champions in 2003 to win a Platinum tournament.

"Iím just extremely happy to win my first platinum event ever," said King, who qualifies for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals as a result.

"It hasnít really sunk in yet, but to be on a stage like this, with such great fans means a lot. I just want to go on from here and keep playing good squash.

ďI just kept thinking that itís the last match of the tournament Ė just leave it all out there. Raneem is such a tough competitor and she showed in the third why she is No.1. She just kept coming back at me and never let it go until the end."

Meanwhile, menís World No.1 ElShorbagy has captured his fourth Hong Kong Open title after dismantling World No.2 Farag 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 in a repeat of last yearís final.

ElShorbagy and Farag had shared the spoils from the first two Platinum events of the season between them, with ElShorbagy winning the Octoberís U.S. Open and Farag triumphing at the Qatar Classic earlier this month.

But ElShorbagy was a class apart in Hong Kong as he powered to the 35th PSA title of his career - a total sees him move up to joint eighth in the all-time PSA title winners list, level with the legendary Nick Matthew.

ďIím really pleased to be able to come here and play my best squash,Ē said ElShorbagy.

ďItís always great when it all comes together. Iím really proud of my performance but not to take anything away from Ali, I have nothing but respect for him. He came to the tour later than all of us and came up the rankings very fast. Very few people can do what he did and heís coming after me, but Iím trying to hold him a little bit.

ďWeíve played twice already this season, he beat me once and now Iíve beaten him. Iím sure we will have many more battles and compete in more finals.Ē

ElShorbagy and King both take home almost $23,000 in prize money after the Hong Kong Open this year became the final joint Platinum event to commit to equal prize money.

The next Platinum tournament will be the CIB Black Ball Squash Open which takes place in Cairo between December 3-9.
 
Kiwi King Gatecrashes Egyptian Domination  

New Zealandís Joelle King will be the only non-Egyptian to compete in the finals of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open after she dispatched Englandís Sarah-Jane Perry to join Raneem El Welily, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag in the title deciders of the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

World No.7 King will appear in the second Platinum final of her career after she recorded an impressive 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 victory over World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry to follow up her win over the Englishwoman in Aprilís Commonwealth Games singles final.

ďI felt like I played well,Ē said 30-year-old King afterwards.

ďSJ has had an amazing week and two really tough matches. I just had to think about making it hard for her at the start and try to not let her back in.

ďWe have had some epic battles over the years, today it was 3-0 but it is always mentally so tough against her. This is the closest tournament to New Zealand, so itís like playing at home a little bit. Iíve been coming for eight or 10 years and letís hope that I can make it a win tomorrow.Ē

Egyptís Raneem El Welily awaits King in the womenís final after the came through a challenging five-game test against 2016 champion Nouran Gohar.

El Welily, who will become World No.1 on December 1 after compatriot Nour El Sherbiniís defeat in the quarter-finals, twice saw a one-game lead eradicated by a tenacious Gohar.

But a composed performance from the 29-year-old saw her record an 11-7 victory in the decider to earn her place in a fourth Hong Kong Open final and her seventh successive PSA Tour final.

ďIím happy to be becoming the World No.1 next month, but Iím still in Hong Kong and Iím focusing on the tournament," El Welily said.

"Iíve been the World No.1 before but I didnít win as many tournaments as others did, so my goal is to win as many tournaments as possible. Making it to the final here is another step further and hopefully I can go one more."

Meanwhile, menís World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.2 Ali Farag will meet in the title decider for a second successive year after they achieved respective 3-0 wins over World No.4 Tarek Momen and World No.5 Simon RŲsner.

Momen Ė who hasnít beaten ElShorbagy since 2012 Ė started strongly to take an early lead in the opening game to go 7-2 ahead. But the reigning World Champion soon clicked into gear and came back to take three games on the trot, earning a place in a fourth Hong Kong Open final.

ďI knew I had to be sharp from the beginning, he had a great start in the first game, but I think coming back and winning that game was crucial," said ElShorbagy.

"Iím happy to be through, itís my fourth final here and Iím hoping to go all the way. I love coming back here, I have great memories and I hope that I can get my name on the trophy for a fourth time."

ElShorbagy will look to preserve his unbeaten run in the final here when he comes up against Farag after the Harvard-graduate dismantled Germanyís Simon RŲsner by an 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 margin.

Farag and RŲsner were meeting for the third time this season - with Farag winning their last match in the Qatar Classic final - and it was the Egyptian who emerged victorious to earn his place in a fourth final this season.

ďIt always a pleasure to play against Mohamed and big stages such as the Hong Kong Open final," Farag said.

"Mohamed is a great champion, heís been the World No.1 for so long and heís proving himself tournament after tournament. Iím just happy to be playing another final with him and Iím looking forward to another good one.Ē

The Hong Kong Open finals will take place at 16:00 (GMT+8) on Sunday November 25 at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre. The action will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), DAZN (Japan only) and mainstream channels around the world such as BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
 
El Welily to Become New World No.1
After Dramatic Day of Action


Egyptís Raneem El Welily has ended compatriot Nour El Sherbiniís 31-month reign at World No.1 after the latter suffered a 3-2 defeat to Englandís Sarah-Jane Perry on a dramatic day of action in the quarter-finals of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open, PSA World Tour Platinum event.

Reigning World Champion El Welily became the first Egyptian female in any sport to be crowned World No.1 when she brought the legendary Nicol Davidís unprecedented nine-year run atop the rankings to a close back in September 2015.

Speaking after an 11-2, 11-8, 11-6 victory over local favourite Joey Chan, El Welily said: "In my head, I always thought it was going to be a match between me and her [El Sherbini] that decided who would be World No.1. I didnít actually have the scenario in my head that she could lose early on or that I could lose early.

ďAs much as I am sad for her loss today, Sarah-Jane Perry played really well and Iím really happy to be back at World No.1. Iím trying not to think about that too much at the moment because Iím still in the tournament and I still have a match tomorrow to prepare for. Maybe when the rankings come out next month then I can celebrate."

For her part, El Sherbini battled hard to keep her grasp on the coveted No.1 spot intact, but fell victim to an astonishing display from World No.6 Perry, who fought through the pain barrier to claim her first ever win against the Egyptian over a best-of-five games format.

Perry was 2-1 down when a collision with the side wall in the opening point of the fourth game looked to have caused damage to her shoulder as she took just two of the next eight points on offer.

However, a resilient Perry drew on her mental reserves and the 28-year-old reined the two-time World Champion back in to draw level, before putting in an immaculate display to power to victory in the fifth, earning a 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 victory to end El Sherbiniís title defence.

ďIím absolutely thrilled,Ē Perry said.

ďNour is an amazing player, sheís the World No.1 going into the match and sheís earned that. Iíve beaten her before but not in a best of five and so to beat her 3-2, Iím really pleased.Ē

Perry will take on New Zealandís World No.7 Joelle King in the next round in a repeat of their Commonwealth Games singles final match on the Gold Coast in April, with Perry losing that match by a 3-2 margin. King eased past World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in just 28 minutes.

2016 champion Nouran Gohar was the other winner in the womenís event after a 3-2 victory over Camille Serme and she will play El Welily for a place in the title decider.

A titanic battle between German World No.5 Simon RŲsner and Colombiaís World No.7 Miguel Angel Rodriguez lit up the menís draw, with the former claiming a 3-2 victory after 99 minutes of high-intensity action.

Both players wowed spectators at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre, with the fifth and final game lasting 39 minutes alone. Each player held four match balls over the course of the decider, with an error from Rodriguez finally bringing an end to the spectacle as both players walked off court to a standing ovation.

RŲsner, who is one win away from a third successive Platinum final, said: "Itís an incredible feeling. It was a really good match from both of us, especially the fifth game Ė thatís one of the best games Iíve ever played.

"Iím really pleased with my form at the moment. If someone told me four months ago that I would be reaching three semi-finals at major tournaments, I would have laughed at them. Itís a huge achievement for me and whatever comes now is a bonus.Ē

World No.2 Ali Farag also moved through to the semi-finals after he came back from a game behind to beat former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 to ensure that he will play the German for the third time this season. RŲsner beat Farag in Octoberís U.S. Open semi-final, but Farag avenged that defeat in the Qatar Classic final earlier this month.

Meanwhile, defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy overcame New Zealandís Paul Coll by a 3-1 margin and he will play World No.4 Tarek Momen for a place in a fourth Hong Kong Open final.

ďI love it here, Iíve put my name on that trophy three times and I would love to get my name on it again," said World No.1 ElShorbagy.

ďEvery day staying at the top of the rankings gets tougher than the day before. In every sport, everyone studies the best and when everyone studies you then they find weaknesses. When youíre at the top of the game like that you have to stay one step ahead and to be able to do that for three years is something Iím really proud of."

The Hong Kong Open semi-finals begin at 16:00 (GMT+8) on Saturday November 24. Action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and by major broadcasters such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
 
El Sherbini Survives Sobhy Test in Hong Kong

Defending womenís champion Nour El Sherbini overcame United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in a tight four game victory to advance to the quarter-finals of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament.

El Sherbini - who will surrender her World No.1 spot to compatriot Raneem El Welily if the older Egyptian equals or surpasses her results at this tournament - came out firing as she swiftly took a two-game lead, only to see a resurgent Sobhy come back in the third game to halve the deficit.

The American World No.13 continued to be the aggressor as she went two game balls up in the fourth, but she was unable to convert as El Sherbini came back to force a tie-break, before an error from Sobhy handed the win to the Egyptian.

ďAmanda was top 10 and then she had her injury, but sheís back and playing so wellÖ Iím sure she will be back there very soon," said El Sherbini.

ďItís a very tough draw for me to play face her in the second round Ė itís very early Ė but I just tried to be focused from the start and had a good plan.

"She came back very strong, in the fourth I had match ball and she had a couple of game balls, so I had to be strong mentally to finish the match. I think I played well and Iím excited to move to the other court."

El Sherbini will come up against World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry for a place in the last four after the Englishwoman mounted a superb comeback from two games down against in-form Welsh player Tesni Evans.

Elsewhere, El Welily booked her place in the quarter-finals courtesy of a 3-1 triumph against Englandís Victoria Lust which saw the World No.2 come from a game behind to win to set up a fixture with home favourite Joey Chan in the next round.

ďI remember playing Joey here a few years ago and it was very close and a very good match," said El Welily.

"Iím looking forward to playing her again tomorrow and she must be playing really well this week. Itís always nice to have a crowd whether they are with you or against you. We have played many times in Egypt when the crowd is on our side, so itís only fair that we play in other locations. The crowd here is really fair and they all like a good match.Ē

Chanís victory over Yathreb Adel ensures that she will be the only player from Hong Kong to move through to the quarter-finals, while World No.3 Nour El Tayeb defeated Indiaís Joshna Chinappa.

World No.4 Camille Serme and Egyptís Nouran Gohar were the other victors in the womenís draw. Serme ended the run of Englandís Millie Tomlinson - who sent 10-time winner Nicol David crashing out yesterday - while Gohar got the better of World No.11 Alison Waters.

The top eight seeds moved into the quarter-finals of the men's event as 2017 finalists Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag continued their title charges with respective wins over Englandís Tom Richards and Peruís Diego Elias.

Defending champion ElShorbagy swept to a 3-0 win against Richards in 31-minutes, with his electrifying pace of hitting enabling him to outgun the Englishman by an 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 scoreline.

ďIím really happy,Ē said ElShorbagy afterwards.

ďTom has been playing really well this season and has had a lot of good wins. He is definitely back to where he was at his best level again and I had to be sharp from the first point. Overall, Iím really pleased with my performance, itís such a big bonus to get into the quarters and win the match in three."

New Zealandís Paul Coll awaits ElShorbagy in the next round after he got the better of Englandís Declan James, while Farag will line up against fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad as he aims to extend his four-match winning streak over the Egyptian.

ďIím very pleased,Ē said Farag afterwards.

ďHeís [Elias] full of confidence after beating the World No.1 [in Qatar] and then Saurav yesterday. If I started a little slower then maybe he would have grown in confidence so to get off to that good start was crucial."

World No.4 Tarek Momen will take on World No.10 Mohamed Abouelghar for a place in the semi-finals after respective wins over Germanyís Raphael Kandra and Malaysiaís Eain Yow Ng, while Colombiaís Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Germanyís Simon RŲsner will contest the other menís quarter-final.

The action moves over to the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre for the quarter-finals on Friday November 23 and play will start from 12:00 (GMT+8). The action will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 
David and Massaro Fall to Shock Defeats
on Day Three


The third day of action at the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open saw two massive shocks take place at Hong Kong Squash Centre as former World No.1s Nicol David and Laura Massaro slumped to respective defeats against Englandís Millie Tomlinson and Egyptís Yathreb Adel in round two of the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

David, an eight-time World Champion, won this tournament 10 times in succession between 2006-2015 - going over 50 matches unbeaten in Hong Kong in the process - but fell victim to an inspired performance from World No.26 Tomlinson, who came back from an 11-0 defeat in the second game to claim arguably the biggest win of her career.

ďIím really happy and itís probably my biggest win,Ē said 26-year-old Tomlinson afterwards.

ďItís the first time Iíve won in the second round as well so itís a really good feeling. I had nothing to lose, she is such a legend and is so used to this court.

ďIt always helps being the underdog because you can just go out there and enjoy it, there is no pressure on my shoulders."

Tomlinson will contest her round three match with Franceís Camille Serme after the World No.4 dispatched former World No.1 Rachael Grinham 3-0 in just 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Adel will clash with the last remaining female Hong Kong player in the womenís draw - World No.19 Joey Chan - after sending 2015 runner-up Massaro to a surprise defeat on the side courts.

The player from England looked off the pace as Adel played a measured game to build up a 2-0 advantage. There was a resurgence from World No.5 Massaro in the third as the 35-year-old came back to close the gap, but it proved to be in vain as Adel stepped up and dropped just three points in the fourth game to seal a huge victory for the World No.24.

ďI had to focus from the first game to the last,Ē Adel said.

ďI had to keep it tight all the time and had to go for my shots when I had the opportunity.
Iím very glad to be through and hopefully it can be another day, another match and I can take it forward."

World Champion Raneem El Welily got her tournament under way with a win against World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby and she will take on Englandís Victoria Lust in the next round after she defeated Canadaís Hollie Naughton by a 3-1 margin.

World No.8 Nouran Gohar and World No.11 Alison Waters will also go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals after they overcame Englandís Emily Whitlock and Canadaís Danielle Letourneau, respectively.

Spectators will also have a local player to cheer on in the menís draw as World No.25 Tsz Fung Yip claimed victory over Englandís George Parker in five games to book his place in the third round of this tournament for the first time.

The two players met earlier this season at the U.S. Open, where Parker prevailed by a 3-2 scoreline. However, buoyed by his home crowd, the win went the way of Fung Yip this time around and he will come up against former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in the next round.

ďItís always a nice feeling to play in front of your home crowd," said Fung Yip.

"They are very supportive and that gave me an extra boost. I hope to play to my capabilities and perform the way I have practiced [in the next round]."

The menís Hong Kong No.1 Max Lee came within a whisker of joining his compatriots in round three but fell in five games to World No.7 Miguel Angel Rodriguez after a gripping 79-minute battle.

The pair contested a high-octane match which saw both players entertain the crowd with some incredible feats of athleticism and a number of superb winners. But some gruelling rallies eventually took their toll on Lee as he began to suffer from cramp and he was unable to hold onto an 8-5 lead in the decider as Rodriguez came back to win.

"Iím so happy to go on court and see the crowd today,Ē said Rodriguez.

ďThat definitely signals the improvement of squash here in Hong Kong. A couple of years ago, squash was a small sport here but thanks to the likes of Max, Yip and Leo [Au] it has grown a lot and I was delighted to play in a full court today. I knew it was going to be tough because he is the local hero and I had experience with Yip a few years ago when I lost 3-2, so I knew it was a tough place to play the Hong Kong guys."

Elsewhere, 2017 finalist Ali Farag kicked off his title challenge with a 3-0 win over Gregoire Marche to set up a mouthwatering third round clash with World No.12 Diego Elias, who was in red-hot form as he axed Indiaís Saurav Ghosal in straight games.

Germanyís Simon RŲsner and Switzerlandís Nicolas Mueller were the other victors in the menís event and the pair - who are close friends off the court - will do battle for a place in the last eight.

The third round of the Hong Kong Open will take place on Thursday November 22 and play will begin at 12:00 (GMT+8). Matches from the centre court will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 
ElShorbagy and El Sherbini Kick off
Title Defences on Day Two


Defending champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Sherbini got their Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open campaigns under way today with respective wins over Australiaís Ryan Cuskelly and Belgiumís Nele Gilis at Hong Kong Squash Centre.

ElShorbagy, who beat World No.2 Ali Farag in last yearís final, earned his place in the second round of the PSA World Tour Platinum event courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 win over World No.13 Ryan Cuskelly.

Cuskelly claimed a shock victory the last time these two met at Januaryís J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions but ElShorbagy gained his revenge today, with a composed performance seeing him take an 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 victory.

"Ryan is a great player, he beat me the last time we played at ToC and fully deserved to beat me, so it was good to get a win because itís never easy to play him," Alexandria-born ElShorbagy said afterwards.

ďThis court has a fast front wall and you have to be careful with your tactics because if you get it wrong then itís tough to get back into the match again. Every time I was ahead and every time he came back at me, I tried to think and stay calm and Iím really happy to be in the next round.

"Iím going to try and get my fourth title here, itís not going to be easy."

The 27-year-old will play Englandís Tom Richards for a place in the last eight after Richards beat Indiaís Ramit Tandon, and the winner of that match will play either World No.8 Paul Coll or World No.16 Declan James.

Coll downed local favourite Leo Au by a 3-1 margin to book a place in round three, while James toppled in-form Welshman Joel Makin in a gruelling 85-minute, five-game battle.

ďIím really happy,Ē said New Zealandís Coll.

ďI felt like my performance was a bit up and down and against a home player like that, he is always going to be up for it. Itís a tough one and I really had to dig deep to find some answers to his attacking at the front."

World No.4 Tarek Momen also booked his place in the last 16 after beating Australiaís Cameron Pilley and he will contest a third round fixture against Germanyís Raphael Kandra next. Egyptís Mohamed Abouelghar and Malaysiaís Eain Yow Ng will also meet in round three after respective wins over Nafiizwan Adnan and Joshua Masters.

In the womenís event, El Sherbini kicked off her title defence with a commanding display against World No.31 Nele Gilis, winning in straight games to ensure that she will hold onto her World No.1 spot for at least another day.

The 23-year-oldís 31-month reign atop the World Rankings will come to an end if she fails to match World No.2 Raneem El Welilyís results at this tournament, but she insists she only has her eyes set on retaining her title for the time being.

"Iíve been World No.1 for a long time and this was going to come sooner or later," El Sherbini said.

"Itís always challenging and I havenít been on the edge a lot, but Iím just going to play and be positive and try to win the title. The first match is always important, winning 3-0 has given me a push to be ready for the next round and we will see how I go."


A mouthwatering encounter with 2016 runner-up Amanda Sobhy awaits the Egyptian in the next round after the United States No.1 got the better of Hong Kong No.1 Annie Au in four games.

Sobhy, the World No.13 from Boston, contested a highly entertaining battle with her fellow left-hander and took the first game, before Au Ė cheered on by the partisan crowd Ė threw everything at her opponent in the second to draw level. However, Sobhy kept up her attacking brand of squash and prevailed in games three and four to book her place in the next round.

ďIím happy, I love Hong Kong,Ē Sobhy said afterwards.

ďI have fond memories here. I got to the final here a few years ago so it was disappointing to miss it last year, but I was looking forward to it this year. I have a tough draw, but everyone is tough and the level is really deep at the moment."

World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.9 Tesni Evans will contest an all-British third round encounter after they overcame Zeina Mickawy and Julianna Courtice, respectively. Perry and Evans met at last monthís U.S. Open, where Evans ended a six-match losing streak against Perry to become the first Welsh player ever to reach the semi-finals of that tournament.

World No.3 Nour El Tayeb is also through after beating Englandís Fiona Moverley, and she will play Indiaís Joshna Chinappa for a place in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, World No.7 Joelle King defeat Mayar Hany by a 3-1 scoreline and will go up against World No.20 Hania El Hammamy after she axed US No.2 Olivia Blatchford Clyne.

The second round continues tomorrow (November 21) as 2017 runner-ups Farag and El Welily begin their tournaments. Play begins at 12:00 (GMT+8) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 
Local Trio Claim Wins in Round One of Hong Kong Open

A trio of local players claimed victories on the opening day of the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open as Leo Au, Tsz Fung Yip and Joey Chan all booked their second round berths at the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

Au, the Hong Kong No.2 on the menís tour, got the better of Spainís Edmon Lopez in four games. The World No.22 - who last year stunned three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour to reach the second round for the first time - was pegged back after taking a one-game advantage.

But he was able to re-establish his lead over the course of the next two games to complete an 9-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 victory to ensure that he will take on New Zealandís World No.8 Paul Coll in the last 32.

ďI think Edmon started really well in the first game,Ē said 28-year-old Au afterwards.

ďHe was more aggressive and first to the ball and I figured that out and tried to keep the ball into the back corners and minimise the angle. I tried to avoid letting him volley and it worked.

ďI like to play here because lots of people support the local players and I hope I can perform well in front of the crowd. I feel more motivated to play here."

Meanwhile, Fung Yip overcame Finlandís Olli Tuominen in a comfortable straight games victory and the World No.25 will line up against Englandís George Parker in round two.

ďIím always happy to get the win,Ē said Fung Yip.

ďI love playing here, I grew up watching this tournament, so for me it is a big journey through and Iím very pleased to play in front of a home crowd. When the crowd are here they support me and I feel more motivated.Ē

Elsewhere at the Hong Kong Squash Centre, Indiaís World No.68 Ramit Tandon upset Scotlandís World No.40 Alan Clyne to ensure he will play Englandís Tom Richards next, while in-form Welshman Joel Makin halted tournament wildcard Chi Him Wong to set up an exciting second round match with England No.1 Declan James.

World No.53 Joshua Masters came back from 2-0 down to scalp the higher-ranked Chris Simpson in what was his first ever win at a Platinum event. He will clash with Malaysiaís Eain Yow Ng next after he defeated World No.43 Ben Coleman.

Meanwhile, Chan booked her round two berth courtesy of a 3-1 victory against South Africaís Alexandra Fuller, winning 11-7, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7 in 38 minutes. Chanís reward is a second round match against Egyptís Salma Hany, who received a bye into the second round.

Chanís was almost joined in the next round by compatriot Liu Tsz-Ling, who took World No.31 Nele Gilis to five, but the Belgian came out on top in the decider to set up a second round match with World No.1 and defending champion Nour El Sherbini.

"I feel relieved,Ē Gilis said afterwards.

ďThe last two times we have played was last season and I lost both times. I knew playing her today that it would be tough, itís her home court and her home crowd so I knew she was going to be strong. I felt edgy through the match and I mentally had to push hard and that helped in the end."

The biggest upset in the womenís draw saw Englandís Julianne Courtice overturn a two-game deficit to defeat World No.22 Mariam Metwally on her Hong Kong Open debut.

Courtice, the Manchester-based World No.42, found herself staring down the barrel of defeat after some controlled squash from her Egyptian counterpart. However, she came back to take the third, before fighting back from 8-5 down in the fourth to draw level. The fifth game proved to be a tight battle, but Courtice clinched it on the tie-break to set up a second round fixture with Walesí World No.9 Tesni Evans.

ďItís my first time in Hong Kong and playing on that centre court, so I was really excited to get on,Ē said the 27-year-old.

ďI had a close first game and first half of the second but it ran away quickly from me. In the third, I just thought I have nothing to lose so might as well just go out and give it my all and then just kept going. I feel like this is a bonus match against Tesni and itís great to play one of the top 10 players in the world.Ē

United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy swept past Amanda Landers-Murphy in just 20 minutes and she will play Hong Kong No.1 Annie Au for a place in round three. Englandís Millie Tomlinson is also through to the last 32 after beating Egyptís Nada Abbas in straight games and she will go up against 10-time winner Nicol David in the next round.

World No.41 Danielle Letourneau was also a surprise winner on day one as the Canadian beat World No.29 Nadine Shahin and her reward is a round two matchup with Englandís World No.11 Alison Waters.

The second round begins on Tuesday November 20 when defending champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and El Sherbini begin their tournaments. Matches from centre court will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 12:00 local time (GMT+8).

 
PREVIEW
El Sherbini Ready to Fight for World No.1 Spot Ahead of Hong Kong Open

Egyptís Nour El Sherbini says that she will fight to keep her hands on her World No.1 spot at next weekís Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Open as she aims to hold off the challenge of World No.2 Raneem El Welily.

Title victories at the China Open and U.S. Open have seen El Welily cut the points gap between herself and El Sherbini at the summit of the rankings to just 26 points and she will end El Sherbiniís 31-month reign at World No.1 if she equals or surpasses the 23-year-oldís results in Hong Kong.

But El Sherbini - who beat El Welily to win the Hong Kong Open last year - is determined to hold onto the coveted World No.1 spot, which she has held since May 2016.

"I will fight for the spot until the end," said El Sherbini.

"However, the No.1 spot is based on numbers and it can go up or down according to the events being played. Itís out of my hands now, but Iím aiming to win as many titles as I can and then the ranking will come.

"There is no pressure [on her] at all, itís another challenge for me and I have to deal with it. Itís not the end of the world for me, thereís still more I want to achieve in the sport. I have always aimed for records and this is what I will do."

Despite dominating the 2017/18 season, El Sherbini has made a slow start to the current campaign and is hoping that she can kick on in Hong Kong as she aims to retain her title.

She said: "Itís been a slow start, I started my summer training a bit late due to an injury, but we still have a long season [ahead]. I feel Iím getting better each tournament and Iím looking for better results

"[Last year] It was my first World Series [title] to win [last] season and was a very proud moment for me. The Hong Kong Open has a huge history and Iím proud to put my name beside the legends who have won that tournament before."

El Sherbini will top the draw in Hong Kong between November 19-25 and features alongside the likes of El Welily, 10-time winner Nicol David and Franceís Camille Serme, while World No.12 Annie Au heads the home hopes in the womenís draw.

Meanwhile, defending menís champion Mohamed ElShorbagy returns and will compete against World No.2 Ali Farag, Germanyís Simon RŲsner, Colombiaís Miguel Angel Rodrigue and more. Max Lee and Leo Au are the highest-ranked Hong Kong players in the draw.

The Hong Kong Open is the third Platinum tournament of the season and will take place at the Hong Kong Squash Centre between November 19-22 before moving to the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre between November 23-25.

$329,000 will be equally split between the menís and womenís draws for the first time, while the winners of the tournament will qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

Glass court fixtures from the Hong Kong Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). The semi-finals and finals will be shown by major broadcasters around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

For more information, follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter or visit the event website.

2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open Ė Menís Draw
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) [bye]
[17/32] Alan Clyne (SCO) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [17/32] Tom Richards (ENG)
[17/32] Joel Makin (WAL) v [WC] Chi Him Wong (HKG)
[9/16] Declan James (ENG) [bye]
[17/32] Leo Au (HKG) v Edmon Lopez (ESP)
[6] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) [bye]
[WC] Henry Leung (HKG) v [17/32] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
[17/32] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Ben Coleman (ENG)
Joshua Masters (ENG) v [17/32] Chris Simpson (ENG)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) [bye]
Todd Harrity (USA) v [17/32] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[17/32] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Rex Hedrick (AUS)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]
[4] Simon RŲsner (GER) [bye]
Peter Creed (WAL) v [17/32] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) [bye]
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Zahed Salem (EGY) v Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
Mazen Gamal (EGY) v [17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO)
[9/16] Max Lee (HKG) [bye]
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
Nathan Lake (ENG) v [17/32] Lucas Serme (FRA)
[17/32] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v Olli Tuominen (FIN)
George Parker (ENG) v [17/32] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]
[9/16] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]
[17/32] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]


2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open Ė Womenís Draw
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [17/32] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[17/32] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
[10] Annie Au (HKG) [bye]
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
[5] Joelle King (NZL) [bye]
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [17/32] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[17/32] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[16] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) [bye]
[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [bye]
[WC] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) v [17/32] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
[17/32] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [bye]
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) [bye]
Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [17/32] Rachael Grinham (NED)
[17/32] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
[11] Nicol David (MAS) [bye]
[9] Alison Waters (ENG) [bye]
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [17/32] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[17/32] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [WC] Vanessa Chu (HKG)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]
[6] Laura Massaro (ENG) [bye]
Haley Mendez (USA) v [17/32] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[17/32] Joey Chan (HKG) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)
[15] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG) [bye]
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [17/32] Coline Aumard (FRA)
[17/32] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Rachel Arnold (MAS)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) [bye]

 
Au Siblings Aiming to Draw on Home Support

Hong Kong duo Annie Au and Leo Au are hoping to benefit from partizan home support at the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open later this month when the siblings compete at the PSA World Tour Platinum event.

The Hong Kong Open is the third Platinum tournament of the season and will take place at the Hong Kong Squash Centre between November 19-22 before moving to the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre between November 23-25.

Itís the biggest professional squash tournament to take place in Hong Kong and both Annie and Leo are hoping to channel the support of their home crowd as they look to reach the latter stages of the tournament.

"When you see a lot of familiar faces and hear their cheers during the match, it feels amazing and inspires you to push even harder," said Annie.

"Itís an opportunity to play in front of the home crowd besides the national [championships]. Iím really looking forward and Iím ready to play my best."

Leo echoes his older sisterís thoughts and believes that playing on home soil helped inspire him to a stunning upset of defending champion Ramy Ashour at last yearís tournament.

He said: "It was amazing to have a good performance in front of the home crowd and also in a big tournament. Ramy Ashour is one of the legends in squash and people always enjoy watching him play, so I hope he can stay injury-free and bring more good squash to us.

"Iím always excited to play in my home country, it is the biggest PSA tournament in Hong Kong, so I'm really looking forward to that.

"I feel great playing in Hong Kong because there are always lots of people to support the local players. At the same time, the Hong Kong government, Hong Kong Sports Institute and Hong Kong Squash also contribute a lot to the local squash players, so I think these are the factors that improve my performance."

Leo wrote his name into the history books in July when he broke into the worldís top 20 alongside compatriot Max Lee, marking the first time in history that two male players from Hong Kong have achieved that milestone at the same time.

World No.12 Annie, a 15-time PSA Tour title winner, has featured in the top 10 on a number of occasions and highlighted the support that Leo has given her over the years, saying: "Every time when Iíve wanted to give up, especially after a hard training session, he has always been out there with me and encouraged me to push until the end."

Annie receives a bye into the second round where she will come face to face with either United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy or New Zealandís Amanda Landers-Murphy, while Leo faces Spainís Edmon Lopez in round one.

A win for the World No.22 would see him face World No.8 Paul Coll in the last 32 where he will aim to cause yet another upset on home soil.

Glass court fixtures from the Hong Kong Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by major broadcasters around the world, including BT Sport beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

This yearís Hong Kong Open is a historic edition of the tournament, with equal prize money on offer for the first time ever. $329,000 will be split between the menís and womenís draws and the winners of the tournament will also qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

For more information, follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter or visit the event website.


 

 

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