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Au Axes Reda in HKFC International


Second seed Leo Au secured passage through to the semi-final of the HKFC International, PSA M25 tournament after coming through a bruising five-game affair against Egypt’s Mohamed Reda on home soil.

Au, who is the highest seed left in the tournament after his compatriot Max Lee exited in the previous round, went 2-1 down to a tenacious Reda, and found himself 9-8 behind in the fourth after finding his shots stunted by a shoulder problem.

The World No.26 recovered though to take the next three crucial points, and that proved to be a catalyst for his revival as he eased to victory in the decider to earn his last four berth.

“I still have some problems with my shoulder, and was struggling to get too much power on my shots,” said Au.

“I just had to dig in, and fortunately he faded at the end. I just hope I can play better tomorrow.”

Up next for Au is an encounter with Malaysian number three seed Nafiizwan Adnan after he put in an impressive performance to dispatch Egypt’s Mazen Gamal in straight games, picking up an 11-0 victory in the second game en route to his triumph.

Adnan’s compatriot, qualifier Ivan Yuen, continued the rich vein of form that saw him shock Lee 3-2 in the opening round by taking out Australia’s Rex Hedrick in as many games. The 25-year-old’s next test will be against New Zealand’s Paul Coll, who overcame fourth seed Adrian Waller.

“I started well, but I began to feel tired in the third and he just kept grinding away,” Yuen said.

“In the fifth, I just had to give what I had, anIvd luckily got off to a good start and built on it from there. It's been a great tournament for me so far, I hope I can keep going.”

Results – Quarter-Final: HKFC International 2016
[Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 3-2: 11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 11-4 (89m)
[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [4] Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3 (61m)
[3] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-0, 11-5 (28m)
[2] Leo Au (HKG) bt [7] Mohamed Reda (EGY) 3-2: 11-13, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-2 (70m)

Draw – Semi-Final
[Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS) v [5] Paul Coll (NZL)
[3] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v [2] Leo Au (HKG)

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