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Nafiizwan Adnan and Joelle King celebrate their HKFC International victories

Adnan and King Lift HKFC International Crowns


Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan and New Zealand’s Joelle King triumphed in the finals of the HKFC International, PSA M25 and W25 events, respectively, to secure their first PSA World Tour titles of 2016.

A series of upsets throughout the main draw meant that Adnan was pitted against World No.37 Paul Coll in the final, with Adnan defeating second seed Leo Au in the last four.

Coll, meanwhile, came through a blistering five-game thriller with tournament surprise package Ivan Yuen to secure his place in the final.

It was the man from New Zealand who started the better of the two, storming into a 4-1 lead in the opener, before Adnan recovered to go a game to the good. A series of long, tactical rallies played out in front of an enraptured crowd in game two, with the duo trading blows point-for-point until Adnan pulled away from 8-8 to double his advantage.

The 30-year-old maintained his momentum in the third game to surge ahead and, despite Coll’s typically all-action style of play, Adnan held on to close out the victory courtesy of an 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 scoreline – a win that sees Adnan claim his maiden PSA M25 title.

“I did it, I’m really happy to win this tournament, it's my biggest yet and a great way to finish the season,” said Adnan.

“It's been a great event, really well organised, and the facilities at the club are fantastic. I hope I can take this and come back stronger next season.”

King, meanwhile, took on Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa in the Women’s final, with Chinappa looking to recover from back-to-back five-game matches in the build-up to the showpiece finale.

Number one seed King took a two-game lead after edging ahead at crucial points to take narrow wins in both. Chinappa clawed a game back though in the third, as her clever movement and accurate hitting saw King conceded two strokes in the last three points to give Chinappa a way back into the encounter.

The fourth was a hotly contested affair with both players exchanging points with gusto. King built up a match ball after a sublime volley drop and converted at the first attempt to capture her first PSA World Tour title since August last year.

“That was really tough,” King said.

“Joshna had come through a couple of tough matches, but she didn't back down at all.  I went 2-0 up, but she just kept coming back at me and didn't let go, so I'm just glad I was able to finish it off in four. I’m really happy to come here and win this tournament, there's always a lot of pressure when you're top seed.

“It’s been a good week here in Hong Kong, and I’m looking forward to defending my title next year.”

Result – Final: Men’s HKFC International 2016
[3] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [5] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 (51m)

Result – Final: Women’s HKFC International 2016
[1] Joelle King (NZL) bt [3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-1: 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8 (45m)

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