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22/06/2008
CROCODILE CHALLENGE CUP
 

Brown & Almezayen Deny Home Double In Hong Kong

MEN'S DRAW
Crocodile Challenge Cup 2008
Hong Kong, 18-22 Jun, $12k
Round One
19 Jun
Quarters
20 Jun
Semis
21 Jun
Final
22 Jun
[1] Dick Lau (Hkg)
11/5, 7/11, 14/12, 11/9
[Q] Leo Au (Hkg)
Dick Lau
4/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/6 (45m)
James Snell
Dick Lau
11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10 (55m)
Max Lee
Dick Lau
11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (36m)
Abdullah Almezayen
[5] James Snell (Eng)
11/3, 11/6, 11/5
Basem Makram (Egy)
[4] Max Lee (Hkg)
11/6, 11/3, 6/11, 11/6
[Q] Huang Cheng Yao (Tpe)
Max Lee
10/12, 11/8, 11/7, 8/11, 11/8 (73m)
Bader Al Hussaini
[6] Tom Pashley (Eng)
11/2 rtd
Bader Al Hussaini (Kuw)
Anson Kwong (Hkg)
11/3, 11/6, 11/5
[7] Abdullah Almezayen (Kuw)
Abdullah Almezayen
11/7, 11/13, 11/9, 12/10 (60m)
Matthew Karwalski
Abdullah Almezayen
6-11, 11-2, 4-11, 11-6, 11-4 (57m)
Steve Finitsis
Wai Hang Wong (Hkg)
6/11, 14/16, 11/7, 11/8, 11/7
[3] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
[Q] Roger Ngan (Hkg)
11/7, 11/9, 7/11, 11/9
[8] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
Roger Ngan
11/9, 11/5, 11/2 (36m)
Steve Finitsis
[Q] Wong Hon Fung (Hkg)
11/5, 11/3, 11/6
[2] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
WOMEN'S DRAW
Crocodile Cup
2008
Hong Kong, 17-22 Jun, $6k
Round One
19-Jun
Quarters
20-Jun
Semis
21-Jun
Final
22-Jun
[1] Kasey Brown (Aus)
9/0, 9/0, 9/1
[Q] Dorothy Ko (Hkg)
Kasey Brown
9/2, 9/1, 9/2 (31m)
[Joey Chan
Kasey Brown
9-4, 9-1, 9-1 (36m)
Donna Urquhart
Kasey Brown
9-3, 9-2, 9-7 (45m)
Rebecca Chiu
[8] Joey Chan (Hkg)
9/4, 9/6, 9/5
Tong Tsz Wing (Hkg)
[3] Christina Mak (Hkg)
9/4, 9/4, 9/5
[Q] Lee Ka-Man (Hkg)
Christina Mak
9/6, 9/2, 10/8 (32m)
Donna Urquhart
[5] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
9/4, 9/1, 9/1
Eun Chan Ahn (Kor)
Shin Nga Leung (Hkg)
9/1, 9/0, 9/1
[7] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
9/3, 9/6, 9/0 (27m)
Joshna Chinappa
Annie Au
9-4, 9-2, 9-2 (29m)
Rebecca Chiu
Imelda Martinez (Mex)
9/2, 9/1, 9/4
[4] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
Mami Nishio (Jpn)
9/0, 9/5, 9/5
[6] Elise Ng (Hkg)
Mami Nishio
w/o
Rebecca Chiu
Liu Tsz Ling (Hkg)
9/1, 9/5, 9/0
[2] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)

Brown & Almezayen Deny Home Double In Hong Kong

Australian Kasey Brown and Kuwaiti Abdullah Almezayen denied the hosts a home double in the Crocodile Challenge Cup with victories over Hong Kong champions Rebecca Chiu and Dick Lau, respectively, in the finals of the Tour event at the Hong Kong Squash Centre in Hong Kong.

The top two seeds contested the women's final of the $12,000 WISPA World Tour championship - and there were no surprises when favourite Kasey Brown, the world No13 from New South Wales beat Chiu, ranked a single place below, 9-3, 9-2, 9-7 in 45 minutes.

The final of the men's Super Satellite PSA Tour event produced a historic outcome when seventh seed Abdullah Almezayen beat favourite Dick Lau to become the first Kuwaiti ever to win a PSA Tour title.

The 20-year-old from Kuwait City, ranked 138 in the world and playing in only his seventh Tour event, despatched higher-ranked Australians Matthew Karwalski and Steve Finitsis - seeded three and two, respectively - on the way to the final.

Undaunted by either his opponent or the partisan crowd in the final, Almezayen maintained his giant-killing Hong Kong run by upsetting Lau 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in 36 minutes.

It was not only the Kuwaiti's maiden Tour triumph, but also his first appearance in a PSA final.

Mixed Fortunes For Home Players In
Hong Kong

There were mixed fortunes for Hong Kong women in the Crocodile Challenge Cup when seventh seed Annie Au claimed a surprise place in the semi-finals, but third seed Christian Mak crashed out of the $12,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Hong Kong Squash Centre in Hong Kong.

Au dismissed Joshna Chinappa, the fourth seed from
India, 9-3, 9-6, 9-0 in just 27 minutes - while Donna Urquhart, the No5 seed from Australia, took out Mak 9-6, 9-2, 10-8 in 32 minutes.

Both winners will take on fellow nationals in the semi-finals - Au facing second seed Rebecca Chiu and Urquhart meeting Aussie favourite Kasey Brown.

An all-Australian semi-final in the men's Super Satellite
PSA Tour event was averted when Kuwaiti Abdullah Almezayen upset Australia's third seed Matthew Karwalski 11-7, 11-13, 11-9, 12-10.

Seventh seed Almezayen now meets a further Australian, second seed Steve Finitsis, for a place in the final.

The other men's semi will be the all-Hong Kong affair predicted by the seedings. Favourite Dick Lau beat England's James Snell 4-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6, and will now face fourth seed Max Lee, who survived a 10-12, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8 battle with Kuwait's unseeded Bader Al Hussaini.