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Max Survives The Buler Challenge

Buler Challenge Cup 2013
02-07 Jul, Hong Kong, $15k
Round One
04 Jul
05 Jul
06 Jul
07 Jul
[1] Max Lee (Hkg)
11/4, 11/6, 11/4 (25m)
[Q] Ammam Altamimi (Kuw)
Max Lee
11/4, 11/3, 11/4 (28m)
Rex Hedrick
Max Lee
11-9, 11-8, 11-9 (43m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu
Max Lee
12-10, 11-3, 11-7
Steve Finitsis
Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11/9, 11/3, 11/3 (34m)
Hon Fung Wong (Hkg)
Leo Au (Hkg)
12/10, 11/9, 9/11, 11/2 (56m)
Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind)
Harinder Pal Sandhu
11/3, 11/6, 5/11, 2/11, 11/11/6 (70m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
[3] Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
13/11, 11/7, 9/2 rtd (39m)
[Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
4/11, 11/9, 11/4, 12/10 (51m)
[4] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
Elvinn Keo
11/9, 4/11, 11/7, 11/8 (46m)
Ivan Yuen
Ivan Yuen
11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (47m)
Steve Finitsis
Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/9, 11/6, 7/11, 11/9 (40m)
[Q] Shinnosuke Tsukue (Jpn)
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11/7, 11/4, 11/1 (24m)
[Q] Yip Tsz Fung (Hkg)
Steve Finitsis
11/9, 6/11, 8/11, 11/5, 11/5 (72m)
Nafiizwan Adnan
Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
10/12, 11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (60m)
[2] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)

Max Survives The Buler Challenge

Home hero Max Lee has successfully retained the Buler Challenge Cup in Hong Kong after beating unseeded Australian Steven Finitsis in today's final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its ninth year at the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

The 25-year-old Hong Kong number one battled through to the final - his 10th on the PSA World Tour - without dropping a game.

His 30-year-old opponent was marking his 20th final on the PSA Tour - and achieved this notable milestone after despatching Malaysia's Ivan Yuen in straight games.

But Lee, spurred on by the home crowd, clinched the seventh title of his career - but his first since the 2012 Buler success - by overcoming Finitsis 12-10, 11-3, 11-7.
(both pictured in action left, click image for larger view)


Finitsis Finishes Off No2 Seed Adnan

Unseeded Australian Steven Finitsis produced the biggest shock in today's quarter-finals of the Buler Challenge Cup in Hong Kong when he ousted second-seeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan to claim a surprise place in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 15 squash event in its ninth year at the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

But the 30-year-old Queenslander had to fight back from 2/1 down before overcoming the world No30 from Terengganu 11-9, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 in 72 minutes. (both pictured in action right, click image for larger view)

Bidding to become the second Australian to win the title, Netherlands-based Finitsis now faces a further Malaysian, Ivan Yuen. The 22-year-old from Kuala Lumpur survived 46-minutes clash with fellow national Elvinn Keo, beating the lower-ranked 25-year-old, also from KL, 11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-8.

Defending champion Max Lee seems determined to keep the trophy in local hands. The top seed from Hong Kong scored his second successive straight games win in the event as he brushed aside Australian Rex Hedrick 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 in just 28 minutes.

The country's top-ranked player will now face surprise Indian opponent Harinder Pal Sandhu. The 24-year-old from Chennai took the surprise scalp of newly-crowned Hong Kong champion Leo Au in the opening round - then held off a spirited challenge from fellow countryman Mahesh Mangaonkar before beating the 19-year-old qualifier 11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 2-11, 11-6 in 70 minutes.