Day ONE : Round ONE

Day ONE, Mixed opening day for HK

The eighth edition of the HKFC International got under way with sixteen round one matches

It was a mixed day for the home players with five Hong Kong winners and five losers, and couple of remarkable comebacks.

Hong Kong’s Vanessa Chu has a great record at this event with several first round upsets, and her five game win over India’s Sunayna Kuruvilla kept that run going.

“I don’t think I played my best, I was quite nervous, but I’m pleased to get through that match,” said Vanessa who faces second seeded compatriot Joey Chan in round two.

Anna Serme and Salma Youssef both came from two games down, while Tong Tsz-Wing and Lee Ka Yi added to home interest in women’s round two.

“I haven’t come back from two-nil down very often,” said Serme, “so I’m happy with that an looking forward to playing Annie [Au, top seed and defending champion] tomorrow.”

There were three American winners, Shahjahan Khan coming through a tough five-setter to deny Tang Ming Kong, Chris Gordon beating Sebastien Bonmalais in straight games in the only seeding upset of the day, and Sabrina Sobhy easing through against HK wildcard Chan Sin Yuk.

Day Two sees the seeded players – including defending champions and top seeds Max Lee and Annie Au – enter the fray, with play starting at 15.00.

HKFC International 2019 : Day ONE

Dimitri Steinmann (Sui) 3-0 [wc] Matthew Lai (Hkg)           11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (27m)
Anna Serme (Cze) 3-2 Kace Bartley (Eng)         10-12, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (38m)
Donna Lobban (Aus) 3-0 Cristina Gomez (Esp)                     11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (18m)
Mohamed ElSherbini (Egy) 3-1 Addeen Idrakie (Mas)   11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 (44m)

Henry Leung (Hkg) 3-0 Martin Svec (Cze)                              11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (18m)
Ineta Mackevica (Lat) 3-1 [wc] Cheng Nga Ching (Hkg)  11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (31m)
Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg) 3-1 Wen Li Lai (Mas)                   11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 11-7 (39m)
Chris Gordon (Usa) 3-0 Sebastien Bonmalais (Fra)                11-3, 11-6, 11-8 (31m)

Shahjahan Khan (Usa) 3-2 [wc] Tang Ming Kong (Hkg) 4-11, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (69m)
Sabrina Sobhy (Usa) 3-0 [wc] Chan Sin Yuk (Hkg)            11-5, 11-7, 11-3 (19m)
Lee Ka Yi (Hkg) 3-2 Tessa ter Sluis (Ned)         3-11, 11-7, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4 (36m)
Peter Creed (Wal) 3-1 Chi Him Wong (Hkg)            9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-4 (54m)

Tayyab Aslam (Pak) 3-1 Yannik Omlor (Ger)         11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 12-10 (47m)
Salma Youssef (Egy) 3-2 Nadia Pfister (Sui)  9-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8 (43m)

Vanessa Chu (Hkg) 3-2 Sunayna Kuruvilla (Ind) 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9 (37m)
Tsz Kwan Lau (Hkg) 3-1 Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)  6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 13-11 (42m)

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