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Challenge Cup (Men) 2015

Challenge Cup 2015
Men's Draw
Kowloon Cricket Club,
Hong Kong, $5k
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Round One
08 Jul
09 Jul
10 Jul
11 Jul
[1] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11/3, 11/6, 11/2
[Q] Lincoln Chan (Hkg)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/3
Henry Leung
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11/6, 11/3, 8/11, 11/9
Wong Chi Him
Wong Chi Him
11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9
Tsz Fung Yip
[5] David Clegg (Aus)
11/4, 11/1, 11/2
[wc] Henry Leung (Hkg)
[6] Ko Youngjo (Kor)
14/16, 11/7, 2/11, 13/11, 11/9
[Q] Jeong Daehoong (Kor)
Jeong Daehoong
11/9, 12/10, 11/9
Wong Chi Him
[3] Wong Chi Him (Hkg)
11/7, 13/11, 11/6
Jaejin Yoo (Kor)
Woo Chang Wook (Hkg)
11/2, 11/3, 11/4
[4] Steven Liu (Hkg)
Woo Chang Wook
11/5, 10/12, 11/5, 11/8
Chris Lo
Woo Chang Wook
11/3, 11/7, 11/6
Tsz Fung Yip
[Q] Chris Lo (Hkg)
11/4, 11/0, 6/11, 11/7
[7] Basem Makram (Egy)
Lau Tsz Kwan (Hkg)
11/7, 3/11, 11/7, 11/3
[8] Ma Tsz Hei (Hkg)
Ma Tsz Hei
11/2, 11/3, 11/2
Tsz Fung Yip
Yuen Tsun Hei (Hkg)
11/5, 11/4, 11/4
[2] Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)
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Chi Him Wong Captures Maiden Title In Hong Kong


Hong Kong's Chi Him Wong produced a superb performance that belied his World Ranking to shock compatriot Tsz Fung Yip and lift the Contrex Challenge Cup, PSA M5 title the first of his career.

The World No.178 had stunned top seed Mahesh Mangaonkar to secure his final berth while Fung Yip overcame surprise package Chang Wook Woo in a straight-games triumph in the semi-final.

Him Wong took the opening two games in comfortable fashion, moving his opponent around the court to great effect and dominating the tee.

Fung Yip mounted something of a revival in the third but it was Him Wong who would go on to edge out a tight fourth game to earn a 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-9 triumph and bring an end to a tournament full of dramatic twists and turns.

I am so touched and glad that I could win my first ever title that I have been looking forward to ever since I was a junior, said Him Wong.

I am very pleased that I could keep the pace up and match the standard of yesterday's match [against Mangaonkar].
Chi Him Wong Downs Top Seed In Challenge Cup Semi-Final


Third seed Chi Him Wong caused one of the upsets of the tournament after he bested top seed Mahesh Mangaonkar in the semi-final of the Contrex Challenge Cup, M5 tournament to set up a final clash with Tsz Fung Yip.

Him Wong bridged the 129 places between the pair in the World Rankings with a sumptuous display and sailed through the opening two games. Mangaonkar showed something of a revival in the third but Him Wong pressed on to a landmark victory for the 21-year-old who is now set to appear in the first PSA World Tour final of his burgeoning career.

I cant believe that I have defeated the higher seeded player, said an exuberant Him Wong.

I am very pleased with my performance today. I was able to see through his game plan and execute mine well but I really didnt expect to win today.

He will meet Tsz Fung Yip in the showpiece event after he blitzed past Chang Wook Woo to eliminate the last qualifier left standing.

The number two seed dominated proceedings at the Kowloon Cricket Club and sailed to a straight-games victory to ensure that he will participate in second PSA World Tour final and his fifth of 2015.

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.