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Squash - 21. January 2008.

Chiu In Home win In Hong Kong

Women's 1st round:

[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [Q] Shin Nga Leung (HKG) 9-2, 9-0, 9-0 (24m)

[8] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 9-5, 9-2, 9-4 (30m)

[3] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Eun Ok Park (KOR) 9-7, 6-9, 3-9, 9-5, 9-6 (82m)

[5] Elise Ng (HKG) bt [Q] Sun-Mi Song (KOR) 10-9, 9-2, 9-3 (35m)

[6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Chinatsu Matsui (JPN) 5-9, 9-7, 9-6, 9-7 (51m)

[4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) 10-8, 9-1, 9-1 (32m)

Annie Au (HKG) bt [7] Delia Arnold (MAS) 9-6, 9-6, 9-1 (47m)

[2] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt [Q] Joey Chan (HKG) 9-5, 9-1, 9-3 (27m)

Quarter-finals:

[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [8] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) 9-1, 9-3, 9-2 (20m)

[3] Christina Mak (HKG) bt [5] Elise Ng (HKG) 9-4, 9-6, 10-8 (48m)

[4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-6, 9-4, 9-0 (25m)

[2] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Annie Au (HKG) 7-9, 9-7, 9-3, 9-6 (60m)

Semi-finals:

[1] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [3] Christina Mak (HKG) 9-7, 9-5, 9-6 (42m)

[2] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt [4] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 9-0, 9-5, 9-2 (33m)

Final:

[2] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt [1] Madeline Perry (IRL) 10-8, 9-4, 9-1 (42m)


Rebecca Chiu pulled off an unexpected victory over top-seeded opponents in the finals of the Buler Squash Challenge Cup at the Hong Kong Squash Centre to win produce a home double in Hong Kong.


Chiu faced women's favourite Madeline Perry, the former world No6 from Ireland playing in her first WISPA World Tour event since recovering from a serious head injury sustained last October.


Perry, currently ranked 13 in the world, raced to an 8-4 lead in the first game, but Chiu fought back to take the game. The 29-year-old world No14 went on to win the match 10-8, 9-4, 9-1 in 42 minutes.

 

"This was my first tournament of 2008 so I am very happy to start with a win," said Chiu after her second successive win and fourth appearance in a row in the final. "If I can win the Hangzhou Open this week too it will be a really happy Chinese new year for me!"


Perry confirmed that she is now feeling perfectly well again: "I really wanted to play well on my first event back - but put myself under too much pressure to win. It's going to take me a few more matches to be right back, I guess."


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