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23rd-29th August

Nicol David Celebrates Sixth Successive Success In Hong Kong

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David established yet another milestone in her sensational squash career when she beat England's Jenny Duncalf, the world No2, in the final of the $74,000 Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open to secure her sixth successive title triumph in the established WISPA World Tour event, the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year.

The 27-year-old from Penang, whose last Tour defeat was to Duncalf in 2009, extended her 2010 winning run over her closest rival with an 11-6, 12-10, 12-10 victory in 40 minutes on the all-glass court erected in the Plaza Hollywood shopping centre in Kowloon.

"I knew that Jenny would come out fighting," the delighted winner said afterwards. "All the other girls raise their game against me, so I know I have to raise mine!

"I had to keep my focus, keep on playing my game whatever. Even at 10-7 down I know it wasn't over, that if I kept going she might make an error or two, and that's what happened.

"As the tournament went on my game got stronger and stronger. Being here on the glass court always inspires me, and since I won my first world title here in Hong Kong I always want to do well here.

"It's so great to win here again, especially with the worlds coming up so soon," David concluded.

The win extends David's unbeaten run to 25 Tour matches this year - and boosts her career Tour tally to 47 titles, including six this year!


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Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open 2010
Women's Draw $74k
Round One
Aug 25
Round Two
Aug 26
Aug 27
Aug 28
Aug 29

[1] Nicol David (MAS)
11-1, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
Sarah Kippax (ENG)

Nicol David
11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 (42m)
Rebecca Chiu
Nicol David
7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (36m)
Laura Massaro
Nicol David
11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (35m)
Rachael Grinham
Nicol David
11-6, 12-10,
12-10 (40m)

Jenny Duncalf
[16] Rebecca Chiu (HKG)
7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 (50m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[7] Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 (41m)
Joey Chan (HKG)
Laura Massaro
11-3, 11-6, 11-0 (19m)
Lisa Camilleri
[14] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA)
8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4 (39m)
[Q] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
11-3, 11-5, 11-3 (25m)
Delia Arnold (MAS)
Rachael Grinham
11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (30m)
Camille Serme
Rachael Grinham
12-10, 14-12,
11-5 (37m)

Madeline Perry
[9] Camille Serme (FRA)
11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)
[Q] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY)
[6] Madeline Perry (IRL)
11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)
[Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG)
Madeline Perry
11-7, 12-10, 11-1 (35m)
Engy Kheirallah
[10] Engy Kheirallah (EGY)
9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 (36m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)
[Q] Orla Noom (NED)
11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (28m)
[13] Annie Au (HKG)
Annie Au
11-9, 1-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5 (41m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Omneya Abdel Kawy
9-11, 11-1,
14-12, 11-6 (51m)

Alison Waters
Alison Waters
11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (29m)
Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (17m)
[5] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
Aisling Blake (IRL)
11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10 (61m)
[11] Samantha Teran (MEX)
Samantha Teran
Alison Waters
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA)
11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (24m)
[4] Alison Waters (ENG)
Line Hansen (DEN)
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (28m)
[15] b(AUS)
Donna Urquhart
7-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (49m)
Kasey Brown
Kasey Brown
10-12, 11-7,
11-9, 11-13, 11-8 (79m)

Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Song Sun-Mi (KOR)
11-6, 11-2, 11-2 (27m)
[8] Kasey Brown (AUS)
[Q] Dipika Pallikal (IND)
11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7 (34m)
[12] Vanessa Atkinson(NED)
Vanessa Atkinson
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (38m)
Jenny Duncalf
Latasha Khan (USA)
11-2, 11-1, 8-11, 11-7 (29m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)


Qualifying finals:
Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Ho Ka Po (HKG) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 (19m)
Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8 (37m)
Orla Noom (NED) bt Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-7, 11-2, 11-2 (22m)
Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 (31m)
Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Yu Ra Choi (KOR) 11-5, 11-5, 11-1 (26m)
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (26m)
Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (18m)

1st qualifying round:
Ho Ka Po (HKG) bt Szeto Ka-Hei (HKG) 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (25m)
Lauren Selby (ENG) bt Ahn Eun Chan (KOR) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (33m)
Carmen Lee (HKG) bt Isabella Bersani (USA) 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (15m)
Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 (22m)
Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt Choi Uen Shan (HKG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)
Yu Ra Choi (KOR) bt Chiu Ka-Hei (HKG) 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9 (39m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Chan Pui-Hei (HKG) 11-1, 11-7, 11-5 (21m)
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) bt Karman Siu (HKG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (24m)



Top Seeds David & Duncalf In Hong Kong Final

The world's top two women squash players Nicol David and Jenny Duncalf will line up in Sunday's final of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open after prevailing in the semi-finals of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour event, the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year, in straight games.

Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia looking for a sixth successive title win in Hong Kong, survived two close games with career-long rival Rachael Grinham before beating the Australian 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 on an all-glass court erected in the Plaza Hollywood shopping centre in Kowloon.

"Rachael and I have played each other so many times over the years," explained David after their 30th Tour clash since April 2000. "I knew she would come out firing, and I just had to try and stick with her. Fortunately I managed to sneak the first two games and held my game together in the third.

"It's great to make another final here in Hong Kong in front of such a great crowd," added the Penangite on the eve of her 62nd WISPA Tour final.

Jenny Duncalf survived an all-English mach against her national team-mate Alison Waters, avenging her loss in this year's British National Championship final to beat the world No4 11-4, 11-4, 11-7.

"I'm pleased with that," said the 27-year-old from Harrogate, now in her 16th Tour final - five of which have been against Nicol David.

"We usually have very tough matches, and I was a bit concerned after having such a tough match yesterday, but she didn't play as well as she would have liked.

"I managed to stretch out leads in the first two, and pulled a few back in the third, but she can play better than that.

"I'm really happy to be in the final here for the first time."

It will be Duncalf and David's fourth meeting in a Tour final this year.

Duncalf Survives Hong Kong Marathon

England's world number two Jenny Duncalf secured her anticipated place in the last four of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open - but only after coming through a 79-minute five-game marathon against eighth seed Kasey Brown in the quarter-finals of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event, the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year.

"That's the best Kasey's ever played against me," admitted a relieved Duncalf after her 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-8 win. "I had game balls in both the games I lost, which was a bit of a downer, especially the first - but I managed to regroup.

"It was so dead on there. I was struggling to find the balance between defence and attack, and I even thought of asking for the ball to be changed. It's been bouncy on there in practice, but not today."

The 27-year-old from Harrogate will now face England team-mate Alison Waters for a place in the final. Fourth seed Waters extended her unbeaten run against Omneya Abdel Kawy by beating the fifth seed from Egypt 9-11, 11-1, 14-12, 11-6.

The other semi-final will herald the 30th WISPA Tour meeting - and fourth in Hong Kong over the past five years - between Nicol David, the top seed from Malaysia, and Rachael Grinham, the No3 seed from Australia.

David, the world number one chasing her sixth successive Hong Kong title, recovered from a game down to defeat England's seventh seed Laura Massaro 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-4, while Grinham, twice a runner-up, saw off sixth seed Madeline Perry 12-10, 14-12, 11-5.

It was the disappointing end of a fine run of form from Ireland's Madeline Perry who won the biggest Tour title of her career at the Australian Open earlier in the month.

"After taking the first I was ahead in the second, but when she came back to 9-6 I didn't expect to win it," admitted Grinham. "I just tried to make her win the points rather than give them away, so having a 2/0 lead was a good bonus for me.

"I thought I was playing well, working her front and back, and she got a bit tired in the third. It's also harder to get yourself up when you're 2/0 down. I was more confident with a 2/0 lead so I just kept going for it."

A dejected Perry responded: "She played really well, and her drops were just ridiculous!"

Birthday Girl David Chases Down Chiu In Hong Kong

Birthday girl Nicol David had to fight for her place in the quarter-finals of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open after being taken to four games by local star and long-time Asian rival Rebecca Chiu in the second round of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Hong Kong.

The world number one from Malaysia, bidding to win her sixth successive title in Hong Kong, was celebrating her 27th birthday - and her 26th clash with Chiu since meeting the former Hong Kong number one for the first time in the 1998 Asian Games final.

David was tested for 42 minutes before finally clinching the 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 victory which takes the title-holder into the last eight.

"I was definitely expecting a hard match," David said afterwards. "The last time I played on my birthday was in the Asian U13s!

"Rebecca had nothing to lose, so she just went for it, especially in the third and fourth. I made a few errors and my focus went up and down a little. The fourth could have been anyone's but fortunately she made a mistake at 9-all."

David now plays Laura Massaro, the No7 seed from England who ended Lisa Camilleri's dream run by despatching the Australian qualifier 11-3, 11-6, 11-0 in just 19 minutes.

On the first day in the event's history that two players from Hong Kong have contested the last 16, there was further local disappointment when the current number one Annie Au also crashed out.

But the 13th seed twice levelled the match against higher-ranked Omneya Abdel Kawy before the fifth seed from Egypt moved up a level in the decider to record an 11-9, 1-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-5 victory after 41 minutes. 

Camilleri Causes Maiden Hong Kong Open Shock

Australian qualifier Lisa Camilleri claimed an unexpected place in the second round of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open after upsetting 14th seed Isabelle Stoehr in the opening round of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year - in Hong Kong.

The 27-year-old from Melbourne was competing in her second Gold event of the year after a run of seven successive WISPA Tour titles on home soil. Ranked 32 in the world, Camilleri recovered from a game down to beat Stoehr, the world No19 from France, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4.

"I'd never played Isa before, but I did a bit of training with her in Melbourne last week," Camilleri said afterwards. "She has such good racket skills, if I left anything short I was in trouble, but when I managed to get my length working I felt more in control.

"I haven't even looked to see who I play next - this is definitely my best win ever!"

In fact, the Queenslander will face Laura Massaro, the seventh seed from England who provided the only domestic disappointment by beating Hong Kong number three Joey Chan 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8.

It was the only low note on the best ever day for local women in the event as two Hong Kong players secured places in the last 16 for the first time.

Annie Au, the 13th seed who recently became the country's top-ranked player, despatched Dutch qualifier Orla Noom 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 in just 28 minutes - then 16th seed Rebecca Chiu, the long-time No1 who made her Hong Kong Open debut back in 1993 and has played in the championship every time since, battled to a 50-minute 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 12-10 win over experienced English opponent Tania Bailey.

"The support from the crowd was great, it gave me lots of energy," said a delighted Chiu, the 31-year-old world No18. "After the first, my coach told me I needed to volley more, to make her do more work, and it paid off."

Chiu will now face her career-long Asian rival Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who beat England's Sarah Kippax 11-1, 11-5, 11-4.

"I've been in the same spot for the last three years, so I guess I'll have my annual match with Nicol next," added the local star on the eve of her third successive second round meeting with David in the Hong Kong Open. "I beat her once in the Asian Games, but otherwise the record doesn't look very good for me!"

Local Hopes Dashed In Hong Kong Qualifiers

Hopes of extra local interest in the main draw of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open were dashed when all six Hong Kong players crashed out of the qualifying finals of the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event, the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year.

Tenille Swartz
was responsible for the most unexpected downfall when the world No74 from South Africa defeated Elise Ng, ranked 52 in the world, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6.

Swartz, troubled by a shoulder injury over the past two years, is battling to regain the form which took her to a career-high world No28 in 2008 - and is now celebrating her first appearance in a WISPA Gold event since making the main draw of the Hong Kong Open in 2007.

"My goal coming into this tournament was to qualify, so I'm happy to have achieved that, and I'd like to get my ranking back up to where I don't have to," Swartz explained afterwards. "I knew it wouldn't be easy though, Elise is a good player - but we've played a few times before so I knew what to expect."

Swartz now faces England's Alison Waters, the No4 seed, in the first round. "I'm looking forward to playing Alison again; I played her last time I was in the main draw here!"

Korean Song Sun-Mi will celebrate her second successive appearance in a WISPA Gold event after beating Hong Kong's Tong Tsz-Wing 11-8, 11-7, 11-6. The 20-year-old from Kyung-Do will now line up against Australian Kasey Brown, the No8 seed.

Despite the qualifying disappointment, Hong Kong interest will be well-served in the main draw by Annie Au and Rebecca Chiu - seeded 13 and 16, respectively - and unseeded Joey Chan.

Chiu, who made her maiden appearance in the event in 1993, will take on England's Tania Bailey, while Au will face Dutch qualifier Orla Noom. Chan will also face an English challenge, from No7 seed Laura Massaro.

Local Players Shine In Hong Kong Open Qualifiers

Local players will contest all but two of the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open qualifying finals after a great display by Hong Kong teenagers in the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event - the seventh WISPA Gold championship of the year.

An impressive 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 win over compatriot Karman Siu will take 14-year-old Ho Tze-Lok into the final round, where she will meet India's Dipika Pallikal, the second highest-ranked player in the qualifying competition.

At the other end of the draw, 15-year-old Ho Ka Po also got the better of a fellow Hong Kong countrywoman when she beat Szeto Ka-Hei 12-10, 11-4, 11-8.

However, standing in the way of Ho Ka Po making her debut in a WISPA Gold event is England's Emma Beddoes, the world No33 who arrived in Hong Kong fresh from title victory in last week's Hamptons Open in the USA.

Amr Shabana & Nicol David Aim For High Fives In Hong Kong


Amr Shabana and Nicol David will be gunning for their fifth successive titles at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open when the world’s top players return for one of the biggest annual sporting events in Hong Kong from 23-29 August.


Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia, is seeded to claim a record fifth women's title in the $74,000 Women’s International Squash Players' Association (WISPA) Gold event - while Shabana, the third seed from Egypt, will be hoping to equal the record five titles in a row won by legendary Pakistani Jansher Khan from 1987 to 1991 in the $147,500 PSA World Tour championship, the fifth PSA Super Series event of the year.


The early round matches will take place at Hong Kong Squash Centre in Admiralty before the tournament moves across the harbour to Diamond Hill in Kowloon for the semi-finals and finals, which will be held in a specially erected, state-of-the-art, all-glass court at Plaza Hollywood.  Players will be given a brand new experience of playing in front of the big crowds that visit the shopping mall - one of the busiest in Hong Kong.


England's new world number one Nick Matthew, who was forced to withdraw from the 2009 event with an ankle injury, is top seed in the men's event.  Runner-up in 2004, the 29-year-old from Sheffield faces a qualifier in the opening round before a predicted semi-final confrontation with title-holder Shabana.


Nicol David opens her 2010 campaign against England's Sarah Kippax and is expected to face English rival Jenny Duncalf, the world No2, in the women's final.


Speaking after the draws were made, Hong Kong Squash Chairman David Mui said: "Special thanks to our joint-title sponsors Cathay Pacific Airways and Sun Hung Kai Financial, whose support has contributed greatly to our success.  I would also like to thank our co-sponsors: Crocodile, Prince, Perrier, Fujifilm, Buler Swiss Watch, Lotus Tours and Plaza Hollywood.


"We are delighted that we attracted all the world best players including our local players, Annie Au, Rebecca Chiu, Joey Chan, Dick Lau and Max Lee, who will, I am sure, have the full support of the home crowd."



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