Squash champion was 'mentally ready'

Squash champion was 'mentally ready'

Lui Hiu-lam won in five tough sets.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

 

Robinson Law Yat-long said mental preparation was key to his victory in the final of the A Grade individual Inter-School Squash Competition (Hong Kong Island and Kowloon).

The 16-year-old Diocesan Boys' School student scored an impressive 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 win over Matthew Lai Cheuk-nam at the Hong Kong Squash Centre on Saturday.

"I was able to execute the game plan in a smooth way, and was very focused in the final," said Robinson.

Robinson said his schoolmate Matthew, 17, seemed tired after playing a five-set semi-final. "Matthew's loss doesn't mean he is less skilful than me. If Matthew had physically recovered from his previous tough match, it could have been much more difficult for me," Robinson said.

Robinson said he is now preparing for the Prince HK Junior Squash Championship which begins on Saturday.

In the girls' final, Diocesan Girls' School's Lui Hiu-lam made a brilliant comeback to beat Jockey Club Ti-I College's Ho Ka-wing in five tough sets, 10-12,10-12,11-9,11-4, 11-8.

"I lost the first two sets, but stopped thinking about them. Ka-wing was very strong so I needed to change my tactics," said Hiu-lam, 14.

The DGS student focused more on making good shots and rallies that helped her battle past her 16-year-old opponent.

Hiu-lam has set her sights on a semi-final place at the British Junior Open 2016, which will be held in Sheffield, England, from January 2-6.

 

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Champion was 'mentally ready'

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