|Highest Ranking||6 ( May 2012 )|
|DATE OF BIRTH ||9th Feb 1989|
|PLACE OF BIRTH ||HONG KONG|
|LIVES ||HONG KONG|
|COACH ||TONY CHOI|
|HANDED ||LEFT HANDED|
|AGE BEGAN PLAYING ||11|
|CLUB BASED AT ||HONG KONG SQUASH|
|TIMES PLAYED FOR COUNTRY ||SENIOR:3 JUNIOR:5|
|SENIOR NATIONAL TITLES WON ||NATIONAL RANKING NO 1|
|SQUASH ACHIEVEMENTS ||2009 NSC SERIES NO 1 R/UP, 2009 NSC SERIES NO 5 3RD PLACE, 2008 WINNER TAIWAN OPEN, CLARE VALLEY AUSTRALIAN OPEN, ICL CHENNAI OPEN, |
|BEST RESULTS SO FAR ||2007 WORLD JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL = 3RD PLACE|
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|OTHER ||Annie Au has been firmly placed in the world's top twenty for the last two years, but at twenty two years old it appears she is ready to make her mark on the top ten. Hong Kong's highest ever ranked player had a superb season in 2010, with many highlights. |
The first few tournaments at the start of the year provided some disappointment, with a comprehensive loss to Jenny Duncalf in Chennai and a surprising defeat to Sarah Kippax in the final round of qualifying in Malaysia. However, by June the momentum started to kick into place.
She picked up her sixth career title in Kuwait as the number one seed, with victory over Dipika Pallikal in the final. The following month she added her seventh tour title, Au confirmed her position as tournament favourite with a four game win over Dominique Lloyd-Water in the final.
Later that same month, Annie got her best ever win in the first round of the Singapore Masters. She stunned world number four Omneya Abdel Kawy in a close battle, 11-9 in the fifth, She came up just short in the quarter final, losing a tough encounter with Madeline Perry.
Close losses followed at the Australian Open and Hong Kong Open in the rounds of sixteen, to Kawy and Perry respectively. Annie reached another tour final in September at her home tournament, the Buler Cup, She was pipped to the post in the climax by Donna Urquhart.
In October she racked up career title number eight. Back on home turf at the Crocodile Cup, she claimed victory coming from two games down to beat New Zealand's Joelle King.
Annie's ninth and biggest career title came in December at the Seoul Open. Her first Silver level tournament win came as she blitzed through the draw without dropping a game along the way, including the final against Wee Wern Low.
She finished the year in style at the Punj Lloyd Masters in Chennai with a run to the semi final, only being thwarted by Kasey Brown in five games.
This magnificent play bumped Annie up to a career high of 11 at the start of the new year. She showed no signs of letting up in her form by reaching the semi final of the Cleveland Classic, knocking out Rachel Grinham in the first round.
Her year was also highlighted by winning the World University Championships in Australia and also by reaching the final of the prestigious Asian Games. She pushed Nicol David to four games in the final.
2010 tour win-loss record: 28-9
Career titles: 9