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Hong Kong Squash PSA HK Challenge Cup 2023


$6,000 Hong Kong Squash PSA HK Challenge Cup 2023, Hong Kong Cricket Club, Hong Kong, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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Hong Kong Squash PSA HK Challenge Cup 2023
Men's Draw
15 - 18 Mar
Hong Kong Cricket Club, Hong Kong, $6k

[1] Tang Ming Hong (HKG) bt [4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (45m)

[1] Tang Ming Hong (HKG) bt [6] Matthew Lai (HKG) 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (31m)
[4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [9/16] Chung Yat Long (HKG) 11-1, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)

[1] Tang Ming Hong (HKG) bt [9/16] Macéo Lévy (FRA) 11-5, 10-12, 11-3, 1-11, 11-8 (61m)
[6] Matthew Lai (HKG) bt [9/16] Andes Ling (HKG) 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 (40m)
[4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [9/16] Ho Ka Hei (HKG) 11-9, 11-4, 13-11 (34m)
[9/16] Chung Yat Long (HKG) bt [9/16] Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI)

2nd round:
[1] Tang Ming Hong (HKG) bt [9/16] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (34m)
[9/16] Macéo Lévy (FRA) bt [7] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (39m)
[6] Matthew Lai (HKG) bt Amir Amirul (MAS) 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (20m)
[9/16] Andes Ling (HKG) bt [3] Ong Sai Hung (MAS) 15-13, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (54m)
[4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [9/16] Laouenan Loaëc (FRA) 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (34m)
[9/16] Ho Ka Hei (HKG) bt [5] Harley Lam (HKG) 6-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3, 11-8 (58m)
[9/16] Chung Yat Long (HKG) bt [8] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) 11-4, 12-10, 11-7 (34m)
[9/16] Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) bt [2] Darren Pragasam (MAS) 11-4, 9-11, 4-11, 11-6, 8-10 ret. (69m)

1st round:
[1] Tang Ming Hong (HKG) bye
[9/16] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt [WC] Lo Chun Yu Kelvin (HKG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (25m)
[9/16] Macéo Lévy (FRA) bt Hoony Lee (KOR) 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (38m)
[7] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) bye
[6] Matthew Lai (HKG) bye
Amir Amirul (MAS) bt [9/16] Lam Shing Fung (HKG) 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-1 (51m)
[9/16] Andes Ling (HKG) bt Wailok To (HKG) 11-5, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8 (49m)
[3] Ong Sai Hung (MAS) bye
[4] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bye
[9/16] Laouenan Loaëc (FRA) bt Jan Wipperfürth (GER) 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 11-7 (28m)
[9/16] Ho Ka Hei (HKG) bt Pardeep Malik (IND) 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 (24m)
[5] Harley Lam (HKG) bye
[8] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) bye
[9/16] Chung Yat Long (HKG) bt Duncan Lee (MAS) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (35m)
[9/16] Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) bt [WC] Lee Tin Hang (HKG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (22m)
[2] Darren Pragasam (MAS) bye

Hong Kong Squash PSA HK Challenge Cup 2023
Women's Draw
15 - 18 Mar
Hong Kong Cricket Club, Hong Kong, $6k

[2] Ainaa Amani (MAS) bt [1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (19m)

[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt [9/16] Heng Wai Wong (MAS) 11-3, 7-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-7 (44m)
[2] Ainaa Amani (MAS) bt [3] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 (40m))

[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt [9/16] Wong Po Yui Kirstie (HKG) 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)
[9/16] Heng Wai Wong (MAS) bt [6] Menna Walid (EGY) 12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 2-11, 12-10 (44m)
[3] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) bt [5] Toby Tse (HKG) 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 (48m)
[2] Ainaa Amani (MAS) bt [9/16] Kwong Ena (HKG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (25m)

2nd round:
[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt Leung Ka Huen (HKG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)
[9/16] Wong Po Yui Kirstie (HKG) bt [8] Colette Sultana (MLT) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (20m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt [9/16] Lam Po Ying (HKG) 7-11, 11-7, 14-16, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)
[9/16] Heng Wai Wong (MAS) bt [4] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) 11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5 (35m)
[3] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) bt Gigi Yeung (MAC) 11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (26m)
[5] Toby Tse (HKG) bt [9/16] Wai Sze Wing (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (22m)
[9/16] Kwong Ena (HKG) bt [7] Jemyca Aribado (PHI) 11-9, 11-2, 1-11, 11-9 (33m)
[2] Ainaa Amani (MAS) bt [9/16] Yura Choe (KOR) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (23m)

1st round:
[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bye
Leung Ka Huen (HKG) bt [9/16] Lim Jee Nee (SGP) 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-5 (32m)
[9/16] Wong Po Yui Kirstie (HKG) bt Chung Yee Ling Elaine (HKG) 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (16m)
[8] Colette Sultana (MLT) bye
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bye
[9/16] Lam Po Ying (HKG) bt Helen Tang (HKG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (18m)
[9/16] Heng Wai Wong (MAS) bt Mariko Tam (HKG) 12-10, 11-4, 11-3 (22m)
[4] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) bye
[3] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) bye
Gigi Yeung (MAC) bt [9/16] Yeung Wai Leng (MAC) 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (17m)
[9/16] Wai Sze Wing (HKG) bt Wing Hei Jannis Lam (HKG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (25m)
[5] Toby Tse (HKG) bye
[7] Jemyca Aribado (PHI) bye
[9/16] Kwong Ena (HKG) bt Au Ling Yu (HKG) 11-8, 11-1, 11-7 (26m)
[9/16] Yura Choe (KOR) bt Lo Pui Yin Chloe (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 (16m)
[2] Ainaa Amani (MAS) bye
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Hong and Amani Victorious

Tang Ming Hong and Ainaa Amani among others at the prizegiving ceremony for the Hong Kong Challenge Cup
Tang Ming Hong (centre right) and Ainaa Amani (centre left) at the prize giving ceremony for the Hong Kong Challenge Cup

Malaysia’s Ainaa Amani and home favourite Tang Ming Hong were the victors at this week’s Hong Kong Squash Challenge Cup.

Hong came into the tournament on home soil as the top seed in the men’s draw, and after receiving a bye through the opening round, he then defeated Malaysian Bryan Lim Tze Kang in straight games.

His big test of the week came in the quarter finals, as he was taken to a fifth game by Frenchman Maceo Levy. The Hongkonger led twice in the contest, after wining both the first and third games. However, Levy fought back on both occasions. Eventually, the top seed got the job done to move through to the last four.

From there, he has been in complete control. Firstly, he defeated compatriot Matthew Lai in straight games in the semis, before beating another Frenchman in the final. No.4 seed Toufik Mekhalfi was the man he came up against, and he took the win in straight games, winning 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 to take the title.

Malaysia’s Ainaa Amani came into the women’s event as the No.2 seed and she would drop just a single game en route to her maiden Tour title.

She started the week with straight games victories over Korean No.1 Yura Choe and Hong Kong’s Kwong Ena, before going to a fourth game in her semi-final contest. That came against No.3 seed Ching Hei Fung, where she won 3-1.

The final saw Amani take on top seed Cheng Nga Ching, and she was in cruise control throughout the match. The young Malaysian only dropped 10 points in a match that lasted just 19 minutes. She won 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 to secure her first victory on Tour.
Round 1

Home Hopes In Both Finals

There will be home hopes in both finals at the Hong Kong PSA Squash Challenge Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The men’s final was guaranteed a Hongkonger, as top seed Tang Ming Hong took on No.6 seed Matthew Lai for a place in the final. From the start, it was Hong who was in complete control, and he ran out a comfortable winner in straight games, with an 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 scoreline.

He will now face Frenchman Toufik Mekhalfi in the final on Saturday. The tournament’s No.4 seed also won in straight games in the last four of the competition, downing Hong Kong’s Chung Yat Long. The Frenchman dropped just nine points across the contest, winning 11-1, 11-4, 11-4.

In the women’s final, top seed Cheng Nga Ching will be the home favourite, but she had to come through a five-game battle to reach the final. She took on unseeded Malaysian Heng Wai Wong and fell behind after the third game, which Wong took on a tie-break. From there, though, Ching was able to fight back, and she won both the fourth and fifth games to secure victory.

She will now take Malaysia’s Ainaa Amani in the final on Saturday, after the Malaysian defeated Hong Kong’s Ching Hei Fung in four games. The pair were level after two games, with Amani then taking a crucial third game tie-break 12-10, before going on to win the fourth game as well to take the win.

The only event not taking place in North American this week is the Hong Kong Squash Challenge Cup, which begins on Wednesday, March 15.

The Hong Kong Cricket Club will play host to the Challenger 5 level competition, one that will feature both a men’s and women’s event over the next four days in the Asian nation.

Home favourites will be the top seeds in both draws. Cheng Nga Ching, the World No.79, will be the top seed in the women’s draw. She will be joined in the top eight by compatriots Ching Hei Fung and Toby Tse, along with the Malaysian duo of Ainaa Amani and Ooi Kah Yan.

Egypt’s Menna Walid, Filipino No.1 Jemyca Aribado and Maltese No.1 Colette Sultana will also be in that seeding bracket for the tournament. Korea’s Yura Choe, Singaporean Lim Jee Nee and the Macau duo of Yeung Wai Leng and Gigi Yueng will all be in action.

In the men’s event, World No.99 Tang Ming Hong will be the man to beat, with the Malaysian duo of Darren Rahul Pragasam and Ong Sai Hung as close contenders. Frenchman Toufik Mekhalfi makes up the rest of the top four seeds.

Two more Hongkongers, in Harley Lam and Matthew Lai will also be among the top eight seeds, with Malaysia’s Wee Ming Hock and Hafiz Zhafri joining them in that bracket.

Filipino No.1 Robert Andrew Garcia, German Jan Wipperfurth, Korean Hoony Lee and India’s Pardeep Malik will all be their nation’s one representatives in the men’s draw, while Maceo Levy and Laouenan Loaec will add to the French contingent.

The event takes place from Wednesday, March 15 to Saturday, March 18 at the Hong Kong Cricket Club. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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