Annie Au kept Hong Kong hopes alive!

Annie Au (HKG) beat Rachael Grinham (AUS) 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-4 in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open 2011 (photo: Steve Cubbins, SquashSite)

Only women’s Hong Kong quarter-final match, which does not end in the 5th game was Nicol David’s (MAS) 4-games-victory against English Laura Massaro (11-5, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6). All others had to go the full distance to claim a place into the semis.

As Raneem El Weleily’s (EGY) win 11-7, 11-3, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8 over Joey Chan (HKG) seems to be “normal business”, the 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-4 victory of 13th seed Malaysian Low Wee Wern against 7th seed French Camille Serme could be called a “classic upset”.

As Hong Kong’s Annie Au (pic ri) came back from 1-2 games down to beat Australia’s 3rd seed Rachael Grinham (pic le) 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-4 we like to call it a “major upset” to please the home crowd.