Lee Ka-Yi breaks into Crocodile Cup Quarters

The WISPA $16k Crocodile Challenge Cup main draw got off to a spectacular start at Hong Kong Squash Centre, with two upsets in the top half of the women’s draw.

Local qualifier Lee Ka-Yi, who gave world number two Jenny Duncalf a scare in last month’s Hong Kong Open, came from a game down to beat Kiwi sixth seed Kylie Lindsay, setting up a quarter-final with top seed Donna Urquhart.

Hong Kong’s fourth seeded Joey Chan is safely through after a straight-games win over Sarah Cardwell, and meets France’s Coline Aumard, who upset eighth-seeded Korean Ahn Eun Chan in straight games.

In the bottom half of the draw there was no joy for tthe home hopefuls though, as Siti Munirah Jusoh, Dipika Pallikal and Sarah Kippax all beat HK players to progress without too much bother.

Kippax, the second seed, meets Holland’s Orla Noom for a place in the semi-finals.

Max and Dick  through too  …

The $10k PSA men’s event started off with more good news for the hosts, as top seed and defending champion Max Lee beat Canadian Fred Reid in straight games, and fourth seed Dick Lau, he 2009 champion, overcame up and coming young Indian Harinderpal Sandhu in three very close games 11/9, 13/11, 13/11.

Lee now faces Indian qualifier Mahesh Mangoankar while Lau meets Malaysian Elvinn Keo as Hong Kong’s top two aim to set up a repeat of last year’s final.

In the bottom half of the draw second and third seeds Matthew Karwalski and Muhd Asyraf Azan are safely through, along with Malaysian youngster Ivan Yuen, who beat HK’s Leo Au in 80 minutes, the longest match of the day, and Kuwait’s Bader Al Hussaini.

Tournament Page:  www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/crocodilecup2011.htm

Tournament Page:  www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/crocodilecup2011.htm

 

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