Sanctioned as a World Junior Circuit “Tier 2” and Asian Junior Super Series “Platinum” event, the HEAD Hong Kong Junior Open 2012 welcomes a new record of 560 entries from 13 countries including Chinese Taipei, England, Korea, Japan, Jordan, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, USA and the host Hong Kong.
With the generous support from the title-sponsor HEAD, sub-venting organization Leisure & Cultural Services Department and drinks sponsor Perrier, 560 competitors will fight for U19, U17, U15, U13 & U11 division titles, over 1,000 matches which will be held between 8th and 12th August, 2012.
All preliminary rounds, quarters and semis will take place at Cornwall St. Park Squash & Table Tennis Centre, Kowloon Tong on 8th to 11th. But all finals will be staged at the glass exhibition court of the Hong Kong Squash Centre on 12th, where every year the world’s best senior players compete in the Hong Kong Open.
An all-Hong Kong GU19 final is expected to be staged at the exhibition court on the final day. Defending champion Lee Ka-yi is top seed in the Girls U19 event; along with her compatriot second seed Ho Tze-lok are expected to meet two other Hong Kong girls 3/4 seeds Chu Ka-hei and Ho Ka-po respectively.
Asian No.2 Ahmad Alsaraj from Jordan and local favorite Yip Tsz-fung are top seeds in the Boys U19 event while two Malaysian boys Chal Sanjay Singh and Muhammad Addeen Idrakie Bin Bahtiar are seeded 3/4.
In the Boys U17 category, top seed Malaysian Mohammad Syafiq Bin Mohd Kamal and local contender seed two Chris Lo are in company with 3/4 competitors Yuen Tsun-hei from Hong Kong and Ng Eain Yow from Malaysia.
A competitive array in GU17 including top seed Malaysian Vanessa Raj and second seed Pansy Chan from Hong Kong will encounter tough opposition from 3/4 seeds Hong Kong’s Choi Uen-shan and Rachel Arnold from Malaysia in the Girls U17 event.
Matches start from 9.00am on Wednesday 8th and is scheduled to finish on the afternoon of Sunday 12th with the Girls U19 final on last at 3.45pm.