HONG KONG—Surprisingly, Peter Hill did not get past the 2nd round in the Hong Kong National Championships currently ongoing at the Hong Kong Squash Centre. Hill met Chris Lo Cheuk Hin in round 2 and according to Hill he plays best when the courts are a little colder. On the evening of Tuesday June 9, Court 7 was just a bit too warm and Lo was just that bit too quick allowing Lo to win 11-3,11-3, 11-3.
Again according to Hill, Lo has been doing some intensive training prior to the championships. In round 3 on Wednesday June 10, Lo beat Ma Tsz Hei on Court 5 (another warm court) in a 5-game marathon: 3-15, 11-9, 12-10, 3-11, 11-8.
Another great game in the 3rd round was the match between Henry Leung Chi Hin and Yeung Ho Wai which went to 4 hotly contested games with Faheem Khan’s protégée, Leung coming away with a 3-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-6 win.
All of the top seeds had easy passages into the quarter finals to be played tonight Thursday Jun 11. All of the top seeds’ matches are played on the much slower Centre Court having 3-Glass walls and one concrete wall. Annie Au was first up winning against Ho Ka Wing 11-1, 11-4, 11-4 and No. 2 seed Joey Chan won her match against Li Sum Yin 11-4, 11-5, 11-2.
Leo Au the men’s number 2-seed beat Lincoln, Chan Wui Ki 11-4, 11-4, 11-3; and Max Lee the Hong Kong Men’s No.1 won against Chiu Shung Hei 11-6, 11-5, 11-7.
Quarter final line up
The quarter finals start at the Hong Kong Squash Centre at 6:15pm
In the women’s quarter finals, on Centre Court Annie Au meets Ho Tze Lok while Joey Chan plays Lee Ka Yi. Vanessa, Chu Man Yee meets Tong Tsz Wing and Liu Tsz Ling plays Carmen Lee on courts 8 and 10 respectively.
In the quarter finals Leo Au plays Chris, Lo Cheuk Hin, while Max Lee will play Yuen Tsun Hei who had a tough 5-setter against Wong Hon Fung 6-11, 11-2, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4 to reach the quarter finals. The other quarter finals are Wong Chi Him against Tang Cheuk Yan, and Yip Tsz Fung playing Leung Chi Hin Henry (both on court 7)