There’s no place like Hong Kong

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The beautiful harbour front at the Arts and Cultural building in Kowloon where the glass court was erected.

Hong Kong was the first city that I travelled outside of Malaysia when I started playing junior tournaments and it certainly won’t be my last. Every time anyone asked me about Hong Kong, I would picture myself winning my first World Open title on the harbour front at the Arts and Cultural building in Kowloon. My dream came true then. Now, 7 years later, it still has a special place in my heart.

This year, the event was back on the harbour front and my aim was to go back there to relive the memory. However, the only way to get there was to get through the semis.

A good first two rounds with Tong Tsz Wing and Donna Urquhart, winning 3-0. Donna made it tougher in the third game and I only just won it 14-12.

A lot of anticipation came into my quarter final match with Laura Massaro. On my part, I wanted to play my game and give it a good go. I felt the court well and lead 2-0 but she started to go for some winners to take the third. I got my form back in the next game and won it 3-1.

Now I was on the glass court at the harbour! It was Hong Kong’s Annie Au on court and she gave everything for the home crowd, taking the first game. I got more comfortable in the second game while she started to get a bit tired. Won 3-1 and onto the finals.

Raneem El Weleily made her first ever World Series finals and I was geared up for a big match. I moved well while seeing the ball early and she made some errors to give me a 2-0 lead. She found her shot play in the third game and I needed to run down everything while staying consistent with my depth to beat her.

A perfect finale for the year winning my last tournament in Hong Kong. 2012 is on!

ps. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!  :)

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