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Anniu Au takes on Liu Tsz-Ling

Seeds Secure Last Eight Berths in Women’s HKFC International

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All eight of the seeded players – including local hope Annie Au – sealed their places in the quarter-final of the HKFC International, PSA W25 after coming out on top of their respective first round fixtures on the opening day of action.

Au was pushed all the way to five games by compatriot and qualifier Liu Tsz-Ling in a high-octane contest that saw World No.10 Au recover from 7-2 and 8-4 down in each of the opening two games to take them on the tie-break.

Liu deservedly clawed a game back before saving four match balls to set up a deciding fifth game. Au finally managed to regain the upper hand in the latter stages of the match though to close out the win by an 12-10, 18-16, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8 margin of victory, setting up a meeting with former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf, who beat Nicolette Fernandes, in the last eight.

“She was playing so aggressively,” said Au.

“She was really putting me under pressure, I’m just happy to still be in the draw. I should have practiced more on these courts, hopefully I should be more used to them after that.”

Title favourite Joelle King will join Au in the next round after coming through in four games against local player Joey Chan, and she will line up against India’s Dipika Pallikal for a place in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Pallikal’s compatriot, the country’s number one player Joshna Chinappa, defeated qualifier Salma Hany Ibrahim 3-1 to advance to the quarter-final where she will face former World No.1 Rachael Grinham ,who survived an entertaining encounter with Tesni Evans, eventually coming through 12-10 in the fifth.

Delia Arnold will meet Donna Urquhart in day two’s other match, with victories over Vanessa Chu and wildcard Carmen Lee, respectively, sending them through.

Results – First Round: Women’s HKFC International 2016
[1] Joelle King (NZL) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-1: 14-12, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 (49m)
[6] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (23m)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [WC] Carmen Lee (HKG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 (24m)
[4] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [Q] Vanessa Chu (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-2 (21m)
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt [Q] Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) 3-1: 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 (37m)
[7] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-2: 10-12, 14-12, 11-4, 6-11, 12-10 (66m)
[5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 6-11, 11-3 (35m)
[2] Annie Au (HKG) bt [Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 12-10, 18-16, 7-11, 10-12, 11-8 (72m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Joelle King (NZL) v [6] Dipika Pallikal (IND)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) v [4] Delia Arnold (MAS)
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [7] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [2] Annie Au (HKG)

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