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14/09/2007
CROCODILE CHALLENGE CUP
 

Chiu & Corren Rise To The Crocodile Challenge

Crocodile Squash Challenge Cup, Hong Kong

 

Chiu & Corren Rise To The Crocodile Challenge

Top seeds Mike Corren and Rebecca Chiu lifted the Crocodile Squash Challenge Cup trophies after successes in the Hong Kong finals.

 

Hong Kong number one Chiu faced second seed Sharon Wee in the final of the women's WISPA World Tour 10 event - and the Malaysian took the opening game.

 

But title-holder Chiu fought back to claim a 7-9, 9-4, 9-3, 9-2 victory in 34 minutes. 

 

The win marks Chiu's third consecutive Crocodile Challenge Cup success - and the 13th WISPA title of her career.

 

An upset in the all-Hong Kong men's semi-final between second seed Wai Hang Wong and No4 seed Dick Lau meant that Australian favourite Mike Corren faced surprise opponent Lau in the final.

 

But the 33-year-old, originally from Adelaide, showed no signs of the Achilles injury which took him out of the game just over a year ago as he strode to a 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0), 11-9 victory in 43 minutes.

 

The success marks Australian champion Corren's second PSA Tour title of the year - and the 15th of his career.

 

Men's Crocodile Challenge Cup 2007
12-16 Sep
Round One
Sept 13
Quarters
Sept 14
Semis
Sept 15
Final
Sept 16
[1] Mike Corren (Aus)
13/11, 11/5, 11/9 (25m)
[Q] Choong Kam Hing (Mas)
Mike Corren
11-8, 11-10 (4-2), 11-10 (5-3) (30m)
Yasunori Ishiwata
Mike Corren
11-10 (2-0), 8-11, 11-7, 11-5
Kamran Khan
Mike Corren
11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0), 11-9 (43m)
Dick Lau
[7] Joe Millman (Eng)
11/4, 11/3, 11/2 (33m)
Yasunori Ishiwata (Jpn)
[3] Nafzahizam Adnan (Mas)
12/10, 1/11, 12/10, 11/9 (50m)
Roger Ngan (Hkg)
Roger Ngan
11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (31m)
Kamran Khan
[8] Kamran Khan (Mas)
11/6, 11/5, 11/6 (28m)
[Q] Chiu Ho Fai (Hkg)
Muhammad Azfar Azan (Mas)
11/7, 13/11, 10/12, 9/11, 11/6 (54m)
[5] Elvinn Keo (Mas)
Muhammad Azfar Azan
11-6, 11-7, 11-1 (28m)
Dick Lau
Dick Lau
5-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-10 (3-1) (69m)
Wai Hang Wong
[Q] Yuta Fukui (Jpn)
11/3, 11/3, 11/9 (28m)
[4] Dick Lau (Hkg)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
13/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/6 (46m)
[6] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
11-1, 11-8, 11-9 (28m)
Wai Hang Wong
Anson Kwong (Hkg)
9/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/6, 14/12 (49m)
[2] Wai Hang Wong (Hkg)

Qualifying Finals:
Choong Kam-Hing (Mas) bt Huang Cheng Yao (Tpe) 11/6, 11/9, 5/11, 11/4
Chiu Ho-Fai (Hkg) bt Mithran Selvaratnam (Mas) 11/8, 13/11, 11/5, 4/11, 11/4
Yuta Fukuki (Jpn) bt Valentino Bong (Mas) 11/6, 11/4, 6/11, 11/6
Max Lee (Hkg) bt Kim Dong Woo (Kor) 11/9, 12/14, 11/9, 11/6


Women's Crocodile Challenge Cup 2007
12-16 Sep
Round One
Sept 13
Quarters
Sept 14
Semis
Sept 15
Final
Sept 16
[1] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
9/3, 9/1, 9/1 (25m)
[Q] Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
Rebecca Chiu
9-0, 9-7, 9-2 (37m)
Elise Ng
Rebecca Chiu
9-7, 9-5, 9-6 (36m)
Peta Hughes

Rebecca Chiu
7-9, 9-4, 9-3, 9-2 (34m)
Sharon Wee

[5] Elise Ng (Hkg)
9/5, 9/6, 9/2 (33m)
Sachiko Shinta (Jpn)
[4] Peta Hughes (Aus)
9/2, 9/3, 9/2 (30m)
[Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
Peta Hughes
9-7, 9-2, 1-9, 9-7 (40m)
Delia Arnold
[6] Delia Arnold (Mas)
9/4, 9/4, 2/9, 7/9, 9/7 (56m)
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
Eun Ok Park (Kor)
9/2, 10/8, 2/9, 7/9, 9/0 (55m)
[7] Lim Yoke Wah (Mas)
Lim Yoke Wah
9-5, 9-2, 9-3 (37m)
Christina Mak
Christina Mak
9-6, 5-9, 10-9, 9-4 (41m)
Sharon Wee
[Q] Song Sun-Mi (Kor)
9/6, 9/6, 9/4 (27m)
[3] Christina Mak (Hkg)
Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
9/6, 5/9, 9/5, 9/5 (50m)
[8] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
6-9, 10-8, 9-2, 6-9, 9-4 (66m)
Sharon Wee
Mami Nishio (Jpn)
9/3, 9/6, 9/3 (27m)
[2] Sharon Wee (Mas)

Qualifying Finals:
Siti Munirah Jusoh (Mas) bt Leung Shin-Nga (Hkg) 3/9, 10/8, 9/7, 9/3
Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg) bt Dorothy Ko (Hkg) 9/0, 4/9, 9/3, 9/4
Song Sun-Mi (Kor) bt Nabilla Ariffin (Mas) 9/4, 9/2, 9/2
Joey Chan (Hkg) bt Pushppa Devi (Mas) 9/1, 9/2, 9/4

Seeds Prevail In Hong Kong

Local players are poised to contest both the men's and women's finals in the Crocodile Squash Challenge Cup after the top seeds prevailed in the quarter-finals of the Tour event in Hong Kong.

 

Rebecca Chiu, top seed in the women's WISPA World Tour 10 event, despatched Hong Kong compatriot Elise Ng 9-0, 9-7, 9-2 and will now face Australian No4 seed Peta Hughes for a place in the final.

 

An all-Hong Kong women's final is on the cards as local player Christina Mak, the third seed, takes on Sharon Wee, the second seed from Malaysia. In the quarters, Mak coasted to a 9-5, 9-2, 9-3 win over Malaysian Lim Yoke Wah, while Wee was taken the full distance by Hong Kong's Annie Au before beating the Asian Junior Champion 6-9, 10-8, 9-2, 6-9, 9-4 in 66 minutes.

 

Hong Kong representation in the men's final is certain after both Dick Lau and Wai Hang Wong survived 28-minute quarter-finals to set up their semi-final clash. Lau, the No4 seed, defeated Malaysia's Muhammad Azfar Azan 11-6, 11-7, 11-1 while second seed Wong beat Muhammad's younger brother Muhd Asyraf Azan 11-1, 11-8, 11-9,

 

Australian Mike Corren is on course for his second PSA Tour title this month after beating Japan's Yasunori Ishiwata 11-8, 11-10 (4-2), 11-10 (5-3). The top seed now faces Kamran Khan, the No8 seed from Malaysia, who beat Hong Kong's Roger Ngan 11-7, 11-9, 11-8,

 

Chiu Chases Fifth Title Of The Year

Rebecca Chiu made a confident start in her bid to win a fifth WISPA World Tour title of the year - and the second on home soil - when she dismissed Malaysian qualifier Siti Munirah Jusoh in straight games in the first round of the Crocodile Squash Challenge Cup in Hong Kong.

 

The former Asian Games champion's 9-3, 9-1, 9-1 win takes her into a quarter-finals clash with compatriot Elise Ng, who beat Japan's Sachiko Shinta 9-5, 9-6, 9-2.

 

There will be Hong Kong interest in two of the other three quarter-finals of the WISPA Tour 10 event after No3 seed Christina Mak beat South Korean qualifier Sun-Mi Song 9-6, 9-6, 9-4 and eighth seed Annie Au battled to a 9-6, 5-9, 9-5, 9-5 victory over Australian Lisa Camilleri.

 

There were upsets aplenty in the men's Satellite event: Local star Roger Ngan produced the biggest shock by defeating third-seeded Malaysian Nafzahizam Adnan 11-10 (2-0), 1-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-9 in 50 minutes.

 

Malaysia's No5 seed Elvinn Keo also made an early exit - beaten 11-7, 11-10 (3-1), 10-11 (0-2), 9-11, 11-6 by unseeded compatriot Muhammad Azfar Azan.