Annie targets Asian Success

File Photo:Annie|20-Apr-2017 11:39

With a week to go to the 19th Asian Champs in Chennai, we talk to top seed in the women’s event, Hong Kong’s Annie Au.

It’s the end of a busy PSA season, how do the Asian Champs fit in with your schedule ?

The Asian championship is one of the most important event for Asian players. I have prepared to participate no matter how busy I am on the tour. I planned to play more tournaments in Feb and March and then only World Championship in April which gives me more time for recovery and training.

You’ve played in the Asian Champs a few times, and reached the final the last three times - best memories ?

I think the best one will be the Asian Championship in 2013, because it was my first gold medal, and becoming the first HK player to win gold in the Asian Champs.

Hong Kong players are seeded to win both titles - does that mean more pressure ?

Yes of course. As the no. 1 seed, the audience and media are as usual expecting you to win or at least reach the final. But the level of squash in Asia is getting higher nowadays, it is hard to predict what the final result will be. As an athlete, the only thing I can do is my best on every match.

Have you played in India, or Chennai before, and what are your impressions ?

I have played in Chennai few times a few years back and in Mumbai last year. Both are big cities and the people are nice, but still do not have time to explore more of the cities!!!

Who will be travelling with you in the support team ?

Our acting head coach Dick Leung, other coaches Faheem Khan and Rebecca Chiu as well as our physio Bonnie with be there for support.

Looking at the draw, who do you see as the most dangerous potential opponents ?

No doubt the first four seeded players are all very dangerous. The two local indian players Dipika and Joshna are both playing well in the tour and with the home crowd support, they may be even stronger. My teammate Joey Chan also had some good results in the last few months. On the other hand, a lot of good youngsters are coming up too and so I am expecting to have a lot of tough matches in Chennai.

What are your tournament plans after Chennai ?

After the Asian Champs the only tournament will be the HK National championship in June, and afterwards I will have a break and spend more time on training until August.