Wed 19 Sep, Day TWO:
Mixed day for Hong Kong as
Mickawy and Letourneau ousts seeds
While Day Two of the Queclink HKFC International was a good one
for the home men's players, the Hong Kong representation in the
women's draw was drastically reduced.
The day started with the last men's round one match - held over
due to Typhoon Mangkhut - as France's Auguste Dussourd
completed the round two lineup with a five game win over Hong
Kong's Tang Ming Hong.
Although now past, the Typhoon still had a effect when it was
discovered that one of the club's three all-glass courts had
developed a rainwater leak, so some hasty rescheduling was
The Frenchman would be back in action in the evening, losing out
to birthday boy Yip Tsz Fung, one of three Hong Kong men
to reach the quarters. Top seed Max Lee eased past young
German Yannik Omlor while defending champion Leo Au was
comfortable enough as he beat Indian Ramit Tandon in four games.
Lee now meets Harinderpal Sandhu while Yip faces Welshman
Peter Creed, who ousted HKFC ever-present Rex Hedrick in
five games to conclude the day. Leo must wait until the result
of the delayed round two match between George Parker and Tayyab
Aslam to know his opponent.
The other quarter-final will be between former champion
Nafiizwan Adnan and Egypt's Youssef Soliman, who the
CAS Internationals title last week in Pakistan but needed five
games to get past another Malaysian, Ivan Yuen.
"I had a good intensive summer training, between Cairo and
Bristol, and it paid off," said Soliman. "I was delighted to win
my biggest title last week in Pakistan. Today was a tough
opening match, I was 5-1 down in the 5th so I'm happy with how I
came through and looking forward to carrying on the momentum
In the women's draw top seed Annie Au was the sole Hong
Kong winner out of six, joining brother Leo in the quarters with
a three-nil win over Tinne Gilis, who got uncomfortably close in
the first two games.
After three-two wins yesterday, Lee Ka Yi, Vanessa Chuand Tong
Tsz-Wing all fell at the second hurdle, while fifth seed Liu
Tsz-Ling lost out in four games to Zeina Mickawy.
""I was a bit stressed before the match," said Zeina. "I know
that Tsz-Ling is a tricky player, and this is her place. So I
just tried to keep to the game plan, I'm glad it worked out!"
Mickawy was one of three Egyptians to progress - Hania El
Hammamy beat Tong while Mayar Hany despatched Lee. "I
lost here last year to a Hong Kong girls, that's why I was so
intense today," explained Hany.
Chu fell to New Zealand's Amanda Landers-Murphy while Ho
Tze-Lock, who won al all-HK match to reach round two, saw
France's Coline Aumard come from one-two down to deny her
a second successive quarter-final.
Malaysia's Rachel Arnold progressed to the quarters
without hitting a ball after the withdrawal through injury of
second seed Donna Lobban, and the only match of the day not to
feature a home player saw Danielle Letourneau beat sixth
seed Nele Gilis, winner of the recent Nantes International, in
"I felt good on there today," said the Canadian, "but I got too
tense and Nele would start coming back, so I just had to try to
keep calm and play my game. Delighted to make the quarters!"
After one Round Two match at 11.00 tomorrow, the quarters start