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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Annie Au: 'Winning the Asians was really a delightful moment for me. I’d say that’s one of my best achievements ... a personal record, in fact.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Winning the Asian Individual Championships in May was a personal high for Hong Kong’s Annie Au.
Now, the cheerful left-hander has set her sights on greater achievements – starting with the CIMB Malaysian Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
The 24-year-old Annie, ranked 14th in the world, had a splendid start after powering past top national junior Rachel Arnold 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 in just 25 minutes in the first round.
“Winning the Asians was really a delightful moment for me,” said Annie. “I’d say that’s one of my best achievements ... a personal record, in fact.
“What made it better was that I beat Malaysia’s (Low) Wee Wern in the final. She’s ranked higher than me and a very good player too.
“Now, I’m eager for more achievements. The Malaysian Open will be tough but not impossible.
“But my real target is the East Asia Games (Oct 6-15) as the Hong Kong government has given us a target – to bring home the gold medal.”
Annie also had good things to say about Rachel, despite the rather one-sided match.
“I’ve played against Rachel before and I can tell that she has really improved,” said Annie.
“She put me under a little pressure but ultimately did not have enough experience. In time, she’ll definitely get better.”
Annie faces New Zealand’s world No. 5 Joelle King for a place in the quarter-finals.
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