Belgian battler goes down fighting in HK
Posted on July 5, 2013
Jan Van den Herrewegen went down in true Burkesquash fashion Tuesday night at the Hong Kong Squash Centre (pictured above), Hong Kong. Jan had a 1 hour 20 minute battle with Tsz Fung Yip (HKG), losing 5-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 11-13 (3-2).
Jan refused to relinquish his foothold in the match after finding himself 0-1 behind, he came back and won the 2nd set, with some advice from Aussie player Steve Finitsis. The Hong Kong player again went ahead, going to a 2-1 lead. Jan was not finished however, coming back and levelling at 2-2, and then finding himself with 2 matchballs against a tiring opponent, at 10-8. Heated rallies ensued, a cross-court nick winner from the serve and a massive ‘block’ which resulted in a no-let decision from the referee. It was not to be and the Belgian player was bitterly disappointed after losing the match when it was clearly within his grasp.
The full qualifying draw is pictured (left). Jan’s opponent has since won his 2nd qualifying match and is draw to play Australia’s Steve Finitsis in the 1st round of the Main Draw.
Jan now leaves on Friday morning (HK time) for Sydney, where he will meet up his coach, train for 2 days and then head to Melbourne on Monday morning to begin his next PSA campaign, the Victoria Open, a PSA Challenger 10 (LINK)…