Third-seeded Dipika Pallikal denied the crowd at the Hong Kong Squash Centre the home title they wanted to see as the third-seeded Indian number one overcame HK’s Joey Chan, the fourth seed, in a thrilling final of the 7th Crocodile Challenge Cup.
The match went the full distance, with all five games featuring close finishes. Chan, the world number 20 who won the Macau Open before delighting the home crowd in reaching the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open last month, recovered from losing the first 10/12 to take the lead, winning the next two games 11/8, 12/10 and saving match balls in the process.
But it was Pallikal, the world number 17 who became the first Indian to reach the quarter-finals of the World Open two months ago, who finished the stronger, taking the last two games 11/8, 14/12 after exactly an hour’s play, to claim her fifth WISPA title and her third of the year.
The crowd were happier shortly afterwards though, as Max Lee retained his men’s title with a 8/11, 11/7, 11/2, 11/3 win over Malaysia’s Muhd Asyraf Azan in the men’s final. For Max, the world number 43 who is the reigning Hong Kong national champion, it marked a fifth PSA tournament victory, but his first since taking the same event last year.
 Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt  Joey Chan (Hkg)
10/12, 11/8, 10/12, 11/8, 14/12 (60m)
 Max Lee (Hkg) bt  Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
8/11, 11/7, 11/2, 11/3 (48m)