Jack Wong, Maggie Ng are SCAA Open 2017 champions

 

Two-time defending champion Jack Wong closed out both sets with a strong run of games, as he beat No. 3 seed Brian Yeung, 6-3, 6-2, to capture his third straight SCAA Open men's singles title.

 

"I think we both know each other's game extremely well, since we've trained together quite a bit.  So, we are well aware of one another's strengths and weaknesses.  I just tried to stick to my game plan, stay consistent and keeping a good depth but anything short, he's going to take advantage of it and come to the net," said Wong.

 

"I focused on trying to dictate the rallies early, especially when he missed his first serves, but still only one break separated us in that first set," he added.

 

Wong went on, "He was hitting his backhands well, so I tried to counter that by pulling him wide crosscourt with my forehands and not really go down-the-line so much.  My game plan worked well, and I'm really happy that I won."

 

"I want to thank Dr. Ho and the tournament organiser for another wonderful SCAA Open. I want to thank Amine as well and, hopefully, I can come back next year and defend my title again," said the champion.

 

Servers dominated the opening exchanges in the men's singles final, but after holding at love to go up 4-3, the No. 1 seed finally punched through Yeung's defense to break for a 5-3 advantage following a forehand error before he held for the set, 6-3.

 

With the opener safely in the bag, Wong's play also began to improve progressively in the second.  After Yeung threw down an ace to hold for 2-1, the top seed produced a pair of service breaks and won the next five games to close out the set and the match, 6-2.

 

By winning his third SCAA Open men's singles in as many years, Wong equals the feat of a hat trick of titles by Tau Luu (1974-76) and Michael Walker (1989-91). American Philip King, however, owns the record with the four straight he won from 2011-14.

 

Earlier, in the semifinals, Kelvin Lam took the first set against Jack Wong, but the top seed came back strong to take the match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, despite squandering a 4-1 third set lead and a pair of match points when serving at 5-3, 40-15.

 

Third seed Brian Yeung saved a couple of huge break points in the seventh game of the third set before serving out for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, victory against No. 2 Kevin Wong in the other semifinal late Friday night at King's Park.

 

Wong's injured left wrist, however, prevented him from hitting his usual double-fisted backhand drives to the point where he resorted to purely single-handed backhands all night.

 

However, Kevin Wong Chun Hun's prowess in the forecourt was once again clearly evident in the men's doubles final, as he teamed up with Jack Wong to beat Brian Yeung and Skyler Butts, 6-4, 6-4, for the win.  His ability to conjure timely intercepts offensively was a constant menace to the No. 2 seed throughout the match.

 

The top-seeded Wong and Wong secured an early break in the first set and then produced another one late in the second to register the straight-set victory.

 

Maggie Ng justified her top billing by defeating Ki Yan Tung, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, to win the SCAA Open ladies' singles crown for ta record-breaking sixth successive year.

 

In the ladies' doubles final, Jennifer Sher and Maggie Ng took ten consecutive games during one dominant stretch to post a 6-2, 6-1, win over Ki Yan Tung and Celine Regnier to lift the title.

 

Ki and Regnier earlier upset No. 1 seed Marinel Rudas and Chattida Thimjapo in the semifinals, 4-6 6-1 [12-10].  The No. 1 seed jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the super-tiebreak only to see their opponents battle back to 8-8 with neither team able to pull away until 10-10 when Ki and Regnier strung together the next two to win it 12-10.

 

 

SCAA/ACING LEAD Open Tennis Championship
King's Park, Kowloon
Oct 22-29, 2017

Men's Singles Final
(1)Jack Wong d. (3)Brian Yeung 6-3 6-2

Men's Doubles Final
(1)Kevin Wong/Jack Wong d. (2)Brian Yeung/Skyler Butts 6-4 6-4

Ladies' Singles Final
(1)Maggie Ng d. (2)Ki Yan Yung 2-6 6-2 6-1

Ladies' Doubles Final
(2)Maggie Ng/Jennifer Sher d. Ki Yan Tung/Celine Regnier 6-2 6-1

Mixed Doubles Final
(1)Brian Yeung/Katherine Ip d. (4)Kevin Wong/Geraldine Leong 6-1 6-3


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