Day THREE, QUARTERS:
Hong Kong quartet and Egyptian
trio through to semis ...
Quarter-finals day at the Queclink HKFC International started
with a morning second round match in which George Parker
despatched Tayyab Aslam to complete the quarter-final lineups
with all eight men's seeds through to the evening's matches.
The women's quarter-finals started with an all-Egyptian clash
which saw Hania El Hammamy beat compatrion Zeina Mickawy
in straight games.
"Zeina and I played so much in juniors," said Hania [who is
still a junior], "but this was our first PSA meeting. It's never
easy playing someone from your own country so I'm delighted to
win and be through to the semis."
Malaysia's unseeded Rachel Arnold reached by far the
biggest semifinal of her career after an abrupt and unfortunate
ending to her match against France's Coline Aumard.
After 50 minutes of intense play Arnold was leading two games to
one, and at six-all in the fourth an accidental collision saw
both players fall awkwardly into the side wall. Coline came off
the worse, and after some on court treatment was taken to
hospital for checks.
"It's not the way you want to win any match," said Rachel, who
received a walkover in the second round after Donna Lobban's
withdrawal, "I hope Coline recovers safely and quickly.
"I've been a bit lucky, but I think I'm playing well and I'm
really excited to be in my biggest ever semi-final tomorrow !"
Parker was back oncourt for the fist pair of men's matches, and
although he took a game off Leo Au, the second seeded
defending champion made sure it didnt go the distance as he
closed out the match in four.
Au's predecessor as champion, Malaysia's fourth seed Nafiizwan
Adnan, came up against in-form Egyptian Youssef Soliman,
and although every game was close, it was Soliman who emerged
the four-ame winner, takin the first and last 12-10.
"I was struggling with my focus and was all over the place at
times," admitted Soliman, "he pushed me really hard and I could
rarely get control but I managed to sneak the games so that's
definitely a good win for me.
"Leo next, tat's a repat of our final last week in Pakistan, but
he'll be more prepared and this is his home turf so it should be
a good match."
The women's quarters resumed with Hong Kong's top seed Annie
Au beating Amanda Landers-Murphy in straight games, although
the Kiwi was etting closer each game and and a game ball in the
Mayar Hany made it three semi-finalists for Egypt as she
came from one-two down to beat Canada's Danielle Letourneau.
It was all Hong Kong in the last session of play as top seed
Max Lee and third seed Yip Tsz Fung beat Harinderpal
Sandhu and Peter Creed, both HK players taking two contested
first games before easing through the third.
"Our match will be a repeat of the National semi-finals,"
revealed Max. "He was two-nil and match ball up but I managed to
win, so it should be another good match tomorrow!"
Semi-finals start at 5pm and will be played and streamed from
As usual we'll have
some matches on LIVE STREAM, results and updates on our
Twitter Feed and
plenty of items going into
and a roundup report here at the end.