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Squash: Hong Kong’s Joey Chan wins first WSA Tour title for three years

Joey Chan beat Misaki Kobayashi in New Zealand for her sixth WSA Tour title in 11 finals.

Joey Chan beat Misaki Kobayashi in New Zealand for her sixth WSA Tour title in 11 finals.

June 8, 2015: Joey Chan ended a three-year Tour title drought on Sunday when the Hong Kong No. 2 came from two games down to beat Japan No. 1 Misaki Kobayashi 3-2 in the women’s final of the Fitzherbert Rowe Manawatu Lawyers NZ International Classic in New Zealand.

 

It was the pair’s sixth Tour meeting since 2010, with honours alternating over the past five clashes and this time left-handed Chan emerged the victor after a 5-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 victory in the WSA Challenger 10 event in Palmerston North.

 

The World No. 27 went into the match as the event favourite, but it was second seed Kobayashi who started the better, opening up a two-game lead.

 

Misaki Kobayashi (left) stretches during her five-game defeat to Joey Chan.

Misaki Kobayashi (left) stretches during her five-game defeat to Joey Chan.

However, the 27-year-old Chan changed her game plan in the last three games and closed out the match after 50 minutes.

 

“I was a little bit tired from yesterday’s match and had a bit of a slow start,” said Chan, who now boasts six WSA World Tour titles from 11 final appearances.

 

“I came back in the third after telling myself everything had to be simple. My confidence came back. I tried to play more aggressively and decided to take more on the volley and it worked.”

 

Chan next returned to Hong Kong where she will defend her National Championship title, which she won for the third time last year.

 

Women’s Fitzherbert Rowe Manawatu Lawyers NZ International Classic, Palmerston North, New Zealand

 

Final

[1] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 5-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (50m)

 

Semi-finals

[1] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [4] Megan Craig (NZL) 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-6 (43m)

[2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [3] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 11-6, 6-11, 4-11, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)

 

Quarter-finals:


[1] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [7] Sina Wall (GER) 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 (25m)

[4] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [5] Christine Nunn (AUS) 11-3, 11-9, 12-10 (36m)

[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [6] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-7, 11-1, 11-5 (22m)

[2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [Q] Eleanor Epke (NZL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (21m)

 

First round:

[1] Joey Chan (HKG) bt Abbie Palmer (NZL) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7

[7] Sina Wall (GER) bt [Q] Yura Choi (KOR) 11-4, 11-8, 11-6

[5] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Selena Shaikh (AUS) 11-2, 11-2, 11-7

[4] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [Q] Mickayla Kerr (NZL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-5

[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [Q] Rebecca Barnett (NZL) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7

[6] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [WC] Danielle Fourie (NZL) 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8

[Q] Eleanor Epke (NZL) bt [8] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) 5-11, 11-8, 11-5, 12-10

[2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-5, 11-1, 11-7

 

Source: WSA (wsaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

 

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