Peru’s Diego Elias and Hong Kong’s Annie Au are the 2019 Macau Open Champions after defeating Egypt’s Omar Mossad and Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern at China’s latest PSA tournament.
Despite the weather preventing glass-court action, spirits were high for the final of the PSA Bronze event.
World No.9 Elias dominated the court taking the first game 11-3 and second 11-4. World No.12 Mosaad picked up the pace in the third and fought back from 6-3 to equal the score at 6-6 but wasn’t able to able to defeat the Peruvian with the game ending 11-9.
Men's 2019 Macau Open Finals
“That wasn’t easy at all today,” said Elias following his win. “It might have looked so, but it wasn’t. I played a really good tournament and I’m happy with my performance. I’ve been playing better every day and I knew today was going to be a lot harder playing against a player like Omar.
“I’ve had some good wins here and also this season, so I think I’m going to do well next week in El Gouna. I think it’s going to be a good year in fact. I hope I can keep on doing well. One of my goals is to qualify for the World Tour Finals and hopefully finish in the top five (in the world) by end of the year.”
Meanwhile, in the women’s final, Au stole the show beating Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern to the trophy in straight-games. World No.11 Au has competed in the Macau Open several times and played an impeccable game against the Malaysian.
Au took the first game easily but Wee Wern put up a fight in the second and levelled the score at 10-10, but Au didn’t go down and managed to bring it back from being a match ball down to taking the second in 13-11 and third 11-8.
Women's Macau Open Finals
“I’ve been playing this event for many years and in the last few, it’s either the semi-finals or once the final. So to win, it, I feel very happy that I took the opportunities I had this year” said Hong Kong’s No.1 Au.
“It also feels rewarding because I’ve had pretty tough matches in the beginning. It took me a while to get into this tournament, but luckily I managed to settle in the last two matches.
“(Low) Wee Wern has been playing really well this event, so I knew she was going to be a tough customer. I was expecting very tight points and they were. We’ve played each other many times, so we are both familiar with each other’s game”.
Results: Macau Open 2019 Men's Final
Diego Elias (PER) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY) 11-3, 11-4, 11-9 (38m)
Results: Macau Open 2019 Women's Final
Annie Au (HKG) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-5, 13-11, 11-8 (41m)