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Challenge Cup (Women) 2015

Challenge Cup 2015
Women's Draw
Kowloon Cricket Club,
Hong Kong, $5k
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Round One
08 Jul
09 Jul
10 Jul
11 Jul
[1] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Latasha Khan
11/3, 11/8, 5/11, 9/11, 11/9
Choi Uen Shan
Latasha Khan
11-2, 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8
Lee Ka Yi
Lee Ka Yi
11-9, 11-5, 11-13, 11-7
Ho Tze Lok
[7] Liu Kwai Chi (Mac)
11/3, 11/3, 11/3
[Q] Choi Uen Shan (Hkg)
[6] Carmen Lee (Hkg)
11/6, 11/5, 11/2
[Q] Ho Ka Po (Hkg)
Carmen Lee
5/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/6
Lee Ka Yi
[4] Lee Ka Yi (Hkg)
11/7, 9/11, 11/3, 11/8
Hwayeong Eum (Kor)
Yura Choi (Kor)
11/4, 11/5, 11/8
[3] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
Tong Tsz-Wing
11/4, 12/10, 4/11, 12/10
Ho Tze Lok
Ho Tze Lok
11-6, 11-3, 11-
Amina Yousry
[Q] Ho Tze Lok (Hkg)
11/9, 11/8/, 9/11, 11/9
[5] Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
Min Ju Park (Kor)
11/4, 11/9, 11/4
[8] Amina Yousry (Egy)
Amina Yousry
9/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/4, 12/10
Vanessa Chu
[Q] Cheng Nga Ching (Hkg)
11/4, 11/9, 11/6
[2] Vanessa Chu (Hkg)

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Ka Yi Secures Women's Challenge Cup Crown


Lee Ka Yi overcame tenacious qualifier Ho Tze-Lok in the final of the Contrex Challenge Cup, W5 tournament to lift her first ever PSA World Tour title at the Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong.

The number four seed shocked the experienced United States player Latasha Khan in the previous round while Ho Tze-Lok eliminated a trio of seeds en-route to the final, including second seed Vanessa Chu in the quarter-final.

The first game was a tight one with neither player giving the other player an opportunity to attack. Ka Yi eventually saw out a tight win in the opener and had a bit more breathing space in the second as she opened up a two-game lead.

Tze-Lok, who had delighted spectators throughout the event with a succession of upsets, battled back to claim the third game on the tie-break before Ka Yi reclaimed control of the match to fight to a 3-1 victory to capture the title.

“I am extremely happy and excited to win my first title,” said Ka Yi.

“I was playing better and being more patient than I expected, although it is always hard to play against a teammate since we know each other very well.”
Ka Yi Sees Off Favourite To Set Up Final Clash In Hong Kong


Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yi will contest the Contrex Challenge Cup, PSA W5 final with Ho Tze-Lok after the duo overcame top seed Latasha Khan and Amina Yousry in their respective semi-final match-ups.

Ka Yi took a commanding two-game lead against the experienced Khan, putting her speed around court to good use. Khan battled back with a vengeance and managed to square things up before Ka Yi went up another gear to finally see off Khan in an 11-2, 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8 victory.

“I executed my game plan well in the first two games but, in the third and fourth, I lost my focus, made a few mistakes and gave Latasha the chance to fight back,” said Ka Yi.

“In the fifth game I tried harder to concentrate on my game plan and play deep at the back to create more opportunities. I am happy I can advance to the final and I expect it will be a tough game tomorrow with Ho Tze-Lok but I will try my best to win my first title.”

Tze-Lok continued her incredible run by eliminating a third consecutive seed on her way to the final. She took great confidence from her previous successes against Jessica Turnbull and number three seed Tong Tsz-Wing and stormed into an early lead.

Yousry, who shocked second seed Vanessa Chu in the previous round, had no reply to Tze-Lok and fell victim to a 3-0 rout to ensure that Tze-Lok and Ka Yi will both battle for their first PSA World Tour title in the tournament’s showpiece finale.
Tze-Lok Turns Over Tsz-wing In Women's Challenge Cup


Ho Tze-Lok continued her fine form so far in the Contrex Challenge Cup, PSA W5 event as she stunned number three seed Tong Tsz-Wing in the quarter-final.

The local player, who is yet to receive a World Ranking, went two games up against the World No.77 before Tsz-Wing fought back in the third. At that point it looked as if 22-year-old Tsz-Wing would go on to complete a comeback but, after a dramatic fourth game, Tze-Lok edged it in the tie-break to ensure that she would advance with a 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 12-10 triumph.

Her superb progress sees her pitted against 15-year-old Amina Yousry in the semi-final after the Egyptian pulled off a huge upset of her own against Vanessa Chu. Yousry dropped the first two games to Chu, who was aiming for her third PSA World Tour title in a row, but showed a great deal of mental fortitude to claw her way back into the match and climb to a 3-2 victory.

Elsewhere, Lee Ka Yi managed to overcome Carmen Lee in their quarter-final match-up despite the former dropping the first game.

Latasha Khan also snuck into the semi-final after a tightly-contested battle with Choi Uen Shan. The United States player strode into a two-game avantage but Uen Shan fought back with vigour to level things up.

A nervy fifth game followed with the experienced Khan just edging it to set up a fixture with Ka Yi in the next round.


Challenge Cup Set To Excite In Hong Kong


The main draws of the 2015 Contrex Challenge Cup, PSA M5 & W5 events begin tomorrow as the courts at the Kowloon Cricket Club see some sparkling fixtures take place.

Indian No.2 Mahesh Mangaonkar is the top seed for the Men's event and is on the march for his fifth PSA World Tour title.

The 21-year-old last claimed a title at the JSW PSA Indian Circuit 2 in October 2014 and will be hoping that his experience of winning a bigger event will stand him in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead.

Mumbai-born Mangaonkar has not made it past the first round of the main draw at an event since the Qatar PSA World Squash Championship eight months ago but will fancy his chances to do that this time around as he meets Chan Wui Ki in round one.

Tsz Fung Yip will be aiming to continue his superb performances thus far in 2015 as he looks to capture yet another title. The Malaysian won three consecutive PSA World Tour titles on the Malaysian Tour at the start of the year and narrowly missed out on the Invercargill Licensing Trust NZ Southern Open earlier this month, throwing away a two-game advantage in the final to lose out against Raphael Kandra.

The 21-year-old old from Hong Kong will be up against compatriot Tsn Hei Yuen as the duo do battle for a place in the quarter-final.

Chi Him Wong is seeded third and will be aiming to impress on home-soil. The World No.181 is yet to win a PSA World Tour title but a series of semi-final finishes earlier this year proved that he is a force to be reckoned with if he is on form.

Jaejin Yoo lies in wait for Wong in the opening round with a quarter-final spot up for grabs.

Latasha Khan will be one of the forerunners for the Women's event if she can recapture some of the form she showed earlier on in the year.

She was unlucky to meet defeat in the quarter-final of the Malaysian Tour Squash III in May and the United States player has a bye to the next round where she will face either Choi Uen Shan or Liu Kwai Chi.

Vanessa Chu will pose strong opposition to Khan as she aims to lift her third PSA World Tour title in a row.

The Hong Kong-born player eliminated Khan from the Malaysian Tour Squash III on her way to the title and will face-off against Cheng Nga Ching in round one as she looks to get off to a winning start.