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Chiu Charges To Chinese Success In Hangzhou

WISPA Hangzhou Open 2008
Hangzhou, China, 23-25 Jan
Round One
23 Jan
23 Jan
24 Jan
25 Jan
[1] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
9/6, 9/3, 9/4 (23m)
Nabilla Ariffin (Mas)
Rebecca Chiu
9/2, 9/1, 9/3 (26m)
Eun Ok Park

Rebecca Chiu
9-1, 10-8, 9-6 (27m)
Joshna Chinappa

Rebecca Chiu
9-4, 9-2, 9-1 (29m)
Christina Mak
[8] Eun Ok Park (Kor)
9/6, 9/0, 9/6 (27m)
Josefa Bertilsson (Swe)
[4] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
9/7, 9/4, 9/0 (28m)
Sitih Munirah Jusoh (Mas)
Joshna Chinappa
5/9, 9/2, 9/5, 9/0 (40m)
Chinatsu Matsui
[7] Chinatsu Matsui (Jpn)
9/0, 9/0, 9/0 (14m)
Xu Li (Chn))
Jiang Li (Chn)
9/2, 9/3, 9/3 (23m)
[6] Lim Woke Yah (Mas)
Lim Woke Yah
9/3, 9/5, 9/2 (24m)
Elise Ng
Lim Woke Yah
9-7, 9-1, 9-10, 9-3 (50m)
Christina Mak
Wu Zhenzhen (Chi)
9/5, 9/0, 9/1 (26m)
[3] Elise Ng (Hkg)
Sun-Mi Song (Kor)
9/10, 9/3, 9/3, 9/3 (47m)
[5] Delia Arnold (Mas)
Delia Arnold
6/9, 9/0, 9/10, 9/5, 9/6 (79m)
Christina Mak
Xi Chen (Chn)
9/1, 9/3, 9/2 (16m)
[2] Christina Mak (Hkg)

Chiu Charges To Chinese Success In Hangzhou
Top seed Rebecca Chiu charged to victory in the inaugural Women's WISPA Hangzhou Open after beating Hong Kong compatriot Christina Mak in the final of the year's first WISPA Premiere Series squash event of the year being staged on an all-glass court in the Jianggan Sports Centre in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

Both finalists, each aged 29, had contrasting routes to the final.  Chiu had coasted to the climax without dropping a game, while Mak had crawled home in the quarter-finals in five games against Malaysian Delia Arnold in 79 minutes, then took four games and approaching an hour to see off Arnold's fellow countrywoman Lim Yoke Wah.

But Chiu maintained her unbeaten record against Mak, winning 9-4, 9-2, 9-1 in 29 minutes to mark not only the 15th WISPA World Tour title of her career, but her second in a week!

While the winner praised the hosts and supporters, Mak said:  "I was happy to reach the final as the second and third matches were tough."

In an earlier press conference, Chinese Squash Association (CSA) General Secretary Wang Tao praised the impact the event had made:  "This event has encouraged the Hangzhou Gymnasium courts to be improved, for referees to train and to develop squash in the city of Hangzhou.

"We also now hope that more people will come to China to play as we would like to meet them here," added Ms Wang.

"Starting this year, we will send players, mainly the four girls who played here, to the Asian and World championships and we also hope that they will improve their initial WISPA rankings."

Lim Lifts Malaysian Hopes In Hangzhou Open
Sixth seed Lim Yoke Wah made a breakthrough in the Women's WISPA Hangzhou Open when she upset Hong Kong's third seed Elise Ng 9-3, 9-5, 9-2 in today's (Wednesday) quarter-finals of the first WISPA Premiere Series squash event of the year being staged in the Hangzhou Gymnasium in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

In only the second international squash event ever to be held in China, the Hangzhou Open has attracted a strong field of players from all over Asia, joining four local players in the city in the Zheijiang province - southwest of Shanghai - at the a multi sport centre which features four glass-back-walled courts,

The first round saw the demise of the four Chinese players, but only after gaining experience and the opportunity to soak up the technique, preparation and rhythm of the international girls.

Malaysian Lim Yoke Wah will now face Christina Mak for a place in the final after the No2 seed from Hong Kong twice came from behind to beat fifth-seeded Malaysian Delia Arnold 6-9, 9-0, 9-10, 9-5, 9-6 in 79 minutes

Favourite Rebecca Chiu, also from Hong Kong, will face India's fourth seed Joshna Chinappa in the other semi-final.