At the end of another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with Hong Kong’s Ho Tze-Lok.
Hong Kong’s Ho Tze-Lok has made her way back into the top 50 in the women’s World Rankings, having started the season outside that mark.
The 23-year-old has admitted that she is delighted to have done so, as it helps her gain entry to the bigger events on the PSA World Tour calendar.
“I felt delighted to make it back to the top 50 and to have greater chances to participate in Platinum tournaments,” Ho admitted.
“As in 2018-2019 campaign, it’s the first time I have participated in all the Platinum events in the same campaign, first time appearing at the TOC, World Championships (Chicago), El Gouna and British Open.”
Her 2018-2019 campaign saw her exit those major tournaments, including the British Open and the PSA World Championships, prematurely, but Ho believes she gained experience against the top players.
“I had steady performances and earned much experience as I have played against many higher seed players, including players around top the 20,” she said.
Ho finished the campaign without a title to her name, but she looks back fondly at playing Nicol David at the British Open, what would be the eight-time World Champion’s last tournament before her retirement.
Ho Tze-Lok (left) in action against Nicol David at the British Open
“Sadly, I haven’t won any titles this season. I think my best performance is the match I played with the legend Nicol David at the British Open, it was my honour to play with her in her last tournament,” she explained.
“Although I didn’t manage to get a set, I was still satisfied with the performance. [It was my] first time experiencing the atmosphere of the longest history tournament in squash, British Open.”
The Hong Kong star is looking forward to playing in more Platinum tournaments come the new season, and she is looking to breakthrough from the first round.
Ho also wants to keep improving on her World Ranking, moving into the thirties if she can come the new campaign.
“[I want to] break through to second round of Platinum events,” she added.
“Although I just had more opportunities to participate in those competitions this year, I haven’t been to the second round since 2016 Hong Kong Open.
“Moreover, I am aiming to break through on my highest world ranking of World No.43.”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as Alison Waters reviews her campaign.