PSA 202112 Jul 2021
June saw the Section host the 9th incarnation of the annual HKFC PSA event albeit in a slightly different format (for obvious reasons) to previous years. Whilst the Club would normally play host to some of the world’s top squash talent with players travelling to our city from across the globe, this years’ event had a more local feel with the best squashing talent Hong Kong has to offer once more stepping onto our courts.
Indeed, the Section had strong representation throughout all levels of the tournament. Lead by record 10-time ladies Club champion and former WR 68 Carmen Lee, rising junior talents like Paige Hill, Valerie Huang, Alyssa Ho, Nathan Rosenzweig, Anson Wong, Hailey Fung, Navia Zhang all featured in the qualifiers – with Anson, Alyssa and Paige becoming celebrated heroes of the qualifiers by making it through to the 1st round of the tournament in the process!
Also representing the Section was our former HKFC PSA Champion and HWR no.12 Max Lee who despite not being at the peak of his powers due to injury, was again amongst the favourites to take the trophy in the mens’ this year. Rounding out the Club’s contributions to the tournament were Tomato Ho and Alex Lau, both of whom had strong claims of their own to claim the prestigious title this year, having both finished as runner-up in the last HK PSA event a month earlier.
As the action got underway and the rounds progressed, the twists and turns that only tournament squash could throw up began to arrive thick and fast! Vanessa Chu claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over top seed and HK no.1 Liu Tsz Ling in the Quarters, while Donald Tang showed his mettle in downing the always dangerous Max Lee. Meanwhile, Chan Sin Yuk – Hong Kong’s newest squash star at only 18 years old – flew through the early rounds to set-up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Club favourite Tomato Ho. Sadly, it wasn’t to be for Tomato who was forced to withdraw after picking up a back injury in her Quarter- final victory over Cheng Nga Ching.
Not wanting to miss a minute of the action, the fantastic volunteers from our new look HKFC Squash Section media team (the best damn media team in HK!) set about capturing all the action in HD and slow-motion glory (check out hkfc_squash instagram page)!
With a packed house watching on, (masked up, vaccinated, and socially distanced of course!) the players gave us a Finals Day that didn’t disappoint. The women’s final in particular, which pitted the experienced world no.51 Tong Tsz Wing against the youth and raw talent of Chan Sin Yuk, really lived up to its billing. Although Tong Tsz Wing put up a valiant effort coming from 2-0 down to take the game to an exhilarating 5th, but it wasn’t to be as Chan Sin Yuk belied her 18 years to show great steeliness and maturity and hold on to claim her first HKFC PSA championship!
Having witnessed a tense women’s Final, Yip was in no mood to mess around and exacted his revenge for finishing second best in the 2019 final by dispatching his Final’s opponent Henry Leung in quick fashion on the way to another 3-0 victory and his first HKFC PSA trophy! Such was Yip’s dominance in this year’s event that he didn’t drop a single game throughout the entire tournament!
With beer-fueled applause and cheers ringing accompanying, the section’s charitable spirit was also out in full force with members raising a remarkable HKD$13,500 for the PSA Foundation - which supports players and the growth of the sport worldwide.
All in all, it was a truly fantastic week of squash with some stunning displays of athleticism and sportsmanship on show. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone involved that made it possible!