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SEPTEMBER 15, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 36 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

People
A Split in the Family

ALSO
Korean's Winning Style

They were a prominent society couple: She's a daughter of casino magnate Stanley Ho. He's a son of shipping tycoon Hui Sai-fun. But for the past two years, the word on the Hong Kong grapevine was that both were seeing other people. Even so, Pansy Ho and Julian Hui, above, surprised gossips when they issued a statement on August 30 to say that after "sensible consideration," they planned to divorce. What sealed that decision? The media glare over the past month has been intense, particularly over events organizer Gilbert Yeung's close relationship with Ho, left. Tabloids tracked their every move, from public parties to a private massage session (with snaps). Then came Pansy's 38th birthday last month. Yeung, 33, was arrested for suspected drug possession at a local rave where Pansy was partying with friends. Resigned as he is to his daughter's divorce, casino king Ho isn't about to welcome the new man in her life. "The Ho family won't accept Gilbert ... If it's a good man, we can talk about it, but for Gilbert, no way," he told reporters. Not only would he disown Pansy if she married her beau, "she won't inherit any of my estate." An odd outburst from the usually unflappable Ho. Besides, Gilbert is a son of fellow gaming tycoon Albert Yeung. Or maybe that's part of the problem. Yeung's upcoming casino in Pyongyang will compete directly with a Ho operation.

Korean's Winning Style
South Korea's Lee Hyung-Taik , right, scored more than a few points in making his U.S. Open tennis debut in New York. The 24-year-old not only stormed through the three-match qualifying tournament, he reached the fourth round of the world's richest Grand Slam event. That made him the first Korean to post a victory at the annual slugfest. His nemesis last week? None other than Pete Sampras. Lee came agonizingly close to taking a set from the world Number One, but ceded a vital point when his foot accidentally touched the net. When a TV commentator joked that Lee would one day tell his grandchildren that he almost had Sampras 6-6 in the tiebreak, Lee volleyed a winning reply. "There's a good chance of that," he said. "In fact, I would exaggerate a little and say I was winning and I touched the net and I happened to lose."

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