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Squash: Au holds on to HK crown, Chan regains women’s title



Leo Au Chun-ming, 23, retained his men’s crown at the Crocodile HK Squash Championships after a fierce clash with top seed Max Lee Ho-yin, Hong Kong’s top-ranked player and the 2011 champion.


Au, the second seed, finally won 3-1 (11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-1) after a gripping battle at the Hong Kong Squash Centre to retain the title he first won last year.


In the women’s event, second seed Joey Chan Ho-ling beat Liu Tsz-ling 3-0 to win her second title, after first winning in 2010. The 25-year-old Chan won 11-4, 11-9, 11-5, ending the hopes of the third-seeded Liu, who had won her third WSA title at the South Australian Open in June.


Liu had shown stunning form in the semi-finals, when she beat top seed Annie Au Wing-chi, Leo’s sister, in the biggest shock of the tournament.


Au – who won the event in 2009, 2011 and 2012 – was two games up against Liu, but the Hong Kong number one lost 3-2 in a pulsating match.


In the men’s semi-finals, Lee beat Yip Tsz-fung 3-0 and Au also beat Tang Cheuk-yan in straight games.


Annisa Chan, the General Manager of Human Resource & Administration of Crocodile Garments Ltd, presented the prizes to the champions with Cedric Tyen, Executive Committee Member of Hong Kong Squash.

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