It’s familiar territory today for Nicol David, the Malaysian world number one and world champion will be making her seventh successive appearance in the Hong Kong final – and aiming for her seventh title – her third on the harbourfront at Kowloon’s Cultural Centre.
For her opponent, Raneem El Welily, it’s a first Hong Kong – a first World Series – final. The two-time world junior champion has definitely outgrown that tag now, is established in the world’s top ten and has been taking the scalps of higher-ranked players for fun. She hasn’t beaten David yet, but today would be a good day to start.[pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery]
It’s a first Hong Kong final for Karim Darwish and James Willstrop too, but neither are strangers to World Series finals, they’ve won a hatful between them even if they’ve never been in a major final at the same time before.
In fact, the last time they met was in the decider of the World Team Final in Paderborn three months ago where the Egyptian broke a losing run of 7 matches over 4 years to retain the title for his country.[pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery]
This year’s Hong Kong Open has so far been one of upsets and revenge … what odds we get a bit of both tonight ??
18.00  Nicol David (Mas) v  Ranem El Weleily (Egy)
David has a 7-0 advantage including 3 this year
18.45  Karim Darwish (Egy) v  James Willstrop (Eng)
Willstrop leads 12-7, having won 8 of the last 9