ISLAMABAD, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Annie Au of Hong Kong on Sunday won the 17th Women Individual Asian Squash Championship by defeating Malaysian star Low Wee Wern in a tough competition in Pakistan's federal capital of Islamabad.
Top-seed and World No. 6 Wern was shocked by Annie who ranked at the number 10 in the world ranking.
It was Annie's first trip to Pakistan and she was very happy and excited by winning the title. "I really enjoyed while staying here as the people are very hospitable and I am taking back many good memories. Before coming to Pakistan my family was very worried but now the event is over and nothing happened, all is safe," the 24-year-old player told Xinhua.
In the crowded Mashaf Squash Complex Annie lost her first set at the hands of aggressive Wern by a big margin of 5-11. After losing the first set, Annie left the court, drank some water and came back with some fresh counseling from her coach.
Annie's attacking and tricking shots were appreciated all-around the hall as she outclassed the Malaysian superstar Weren in consecutive three sets by 11-8, 11-7, 11-1 in 44 minutes to clinch the title.
Talking about the final match and difficulties she faced to reach the honor, Annie said, "Really, I concentrated a lot at the game today because we both knew the game plan and style of each other as we have faced each other many times before. It was really a tough match but after the first set I didn't give her any chance to attack me, and finally I won."
Annie, who has also won British Junior Open, was satisfied with her overall performance in the event but she was under immense pressure in last two games, especially in the semi-final where she had to sweat a lot to win against Malaysian top player Delia Arnold.
"Starting from the semi-final, I was a bit nervous and felt under pressure because the players' standard came closer and tougher but I just played my best game and became champion," said Annie.
Wern who won the fans' favor with her performance in the tournament looked upset after the defeat. "I played superbly throughout the tournament but it's bad luck I lost the final to Annie," said Wern.
The 23-year-old Malaysian player said she would work hard for her another assignment to be held in England.
Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, who is also the President of Pakistan Squash Federation, handed over the medals and trophies to the players.