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Donna Denies Au Double In Hong Kong

Second-seeded Australian Donna Urquhart denied the local crowd an Au family double in the Buler Challenge Cup when she upset Hong Kong’s top seed Annie Au in the final of the women’s $16,000 WISPA World Toursquash event in Hong Kong.

Both players had reached the climax after surviving five-game semi-finals – and Au, the 21-year-old world No17, twice took the lead in the final.

But Urquhart, who overtook her opponent in the September rankings to secure a career-best 16th place, held her nerve to claw back the advantage before winning 11-13, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 after 50 minutes.

The victory marks the 23-year-old from Brisbane’s fifth career title – but her first of the year.  It will also undoubtedly boost Urquhart’s confidence going into next week’s Soho Square World Open in Sharm El Sheikhin Egypt, where she is drawn to face New Zealand’s 16th seed Jaclyn Hawkes in the opening round.

The final of the men’s $6,000 PSA World Tour event also produced a surprise outcome when unseeded Leo Au– Annie’s younger brother – pulled off his fourth shock win a row in the event by beating third-seeded MalaysianKamran Khan 13-11, 11-9, 11-3 in 50 minutes.

The new men’s champion, aged 20 and ranked 174 in the world, is celebrating his maiden PSA Tour title – and can surely look forward to a significant rise in his PSA world ranking.

Men’s Final:
Leo Au (HKG) bt [3] Kamran Khan (MAS) 13-11, 11-9, 11-3 (50m)

Women’s Final:
[2] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [1] Annie Au (HKG) 11-13, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)


Au Double On The Cards In Hong Kong

An Au Hong Kong double is on the cards after siblings Annie Au and Leo Au reached the finals of the Buler Challenge Cup following successes in the semi-finals of the international squash event in Hong Kong.

Unseeded Leo Au caused his third successive upset in the men’s $6,000 PSA World Tour event when he beat Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid, the fourth seed, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9.

Now celebrating his third appearance in a PSA Tour final, the 20-year-old world No174 will face third seedKamran Khan.

The 20-year-old Malaysian denied the crowd an all-Hong Kong final by upsetting second seed Dick Lau 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 in a 90-minute marathon.

Khan, son of the legendary Pakistani Jansher Khan, is also marking his third Tour final appearance – but his first outside his home country.

Top seed Annie Au was expected to reach the final of the women’s $16,000 WISPA World Tour event – but the world No17 was taken the full distance by third seed Delia Arnold before beating the Malaysian 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6 to reach her 11th Tour final.

The Hong Kong left-hander will now face second seed Donna Urquhart, the 23-year-old Australian who has moved ahead of the event favourite in the September world rankings.

But Urquhart twice had to come from behind to fight off the challenge of Hong Kong’s Joey Chan.  The world No16 from Brisbane notched up her tenth appearance in a WISPA Tour final when she defeated fourth seed Chan 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10 in 47 minutes.

Men’s semi-finals:
Leo Au (HKG) bt [4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 8-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9 (53m)
[3] Kamran Khan (MAS) bt [2] Dick Lau (HKG) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 (90m)

Women’s semi-finals:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt [3] Delia Arnold (MAS) 7-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-6 (37m)
[2] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [4] Joey Chan (HKG) 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10 (47m)


Men’s 1st round:
Leo Au (HKG) bt [1] Karim AGA Samy (EGY) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 (26m)
[8] Ahmed Hawas (EGY) bt Maekawa Kosuke (JPN) 16-14, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8 (38m)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [Q] Yeung Ho Wai (HKG) 11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt Nasser B Al-Ramzi (KUW) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
[Q] Salem Fayez Mohammed (KUW) bt [5] Choong Kam Hing (MAS) 12-14, 1-11, 11-7, 15-13, 11-7 (66m)
[3] Kamran Khan (MAS) bt [Q] Fallah Mohammed (KUW) 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (25m)
[7] Anson Kwong (HKG) bt [Q] Hon Fung Wong (HKG) 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 (40m)
[2] Dick Lau (HKG) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (30m)

Quarter-finals:
Leo Au (HKG) bt [8] Ahmed Hawas (EGY) 14-12, 11-2, 11-2 (34m)
[4] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [6] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-7, 17-15, 9-3 ret. (64m)
[3] Kamran Khan (MAS) bt [Q] Salem Fayez Mohammed (KUW) 11-3, 11-1, 11-7 (27m)
[2] Dick Lau (HKG) bt [7] Anson Kwong (HKG) 11-3, 11-8, 16-14 (50m)

Women’s 1st round:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt Olga Ertlova (CZE) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (18m)
[5] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Miwa Maekawa (JPN) 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (24m)
[3] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [Q] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 (30m)
[6] Orla Noom (NED) bt [Q] Chinatsu Matsui (JPN) 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 (30m)
[7] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (30m)
[4] Joey Chan (HKG) bt Linda Hruzikova (SVK) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
[8] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9
[2] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [Q] Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-5, 14-12, 11-7

Quarter-finals:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt [5] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (16m)
[3] Delia Arnold (MAS) bt [6] Orla Noom (NED) 11-6, 4-11, 11-5, 11-9 (51m)
[4] Joey Chan (HKG) bt [7] Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (23m)
[2] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [8] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)

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