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Top three: Puxon flanked by Ting (left) and Yeo after the showdown in Kuching.
KUCHING: It was an epic battle between underdog Peter Puxon
from England and former state squash player Dominic Ting as they vied for the Men’s Under-40 title
of the Super Squashers Social
The result of the showdown match at Sarawak Golf Club court here last Sunday, however, went in favour of the Englishman, who put up a gallant display of sheer determination to defeat the more skilful and experienced Ting.
Ting led the opener by 11-8,
taking advantage of his opponent’s unforced errors to seal his first set victory.
Come the second set, Puxon proved that he was no easy meat against Ting, capitalising on his opponent’s slight exhaustion to bag the 11-9 score to his advantage.
Ting then conquered the third set by 11-8, through some skilful strokes that caught Puxon off-guard.
Puxon later retaliated, again by taking advantage of Ting’s dwindling stamina to secure the fourth set 11-6.
By the time the two made it to the decider, Puxon was all-out merciless as he thrashed Ting 11-6 to bag the tournament title.
“Ting is such a good and difficult player that I found it hard to keep up to his standard initially. However, I told myself to play my normal game and I tried keep him at the back of the court. It seemed that the strategy worked.
“It is the endurance and stamina that earned me the title,” Puxon said after the match.
For Ting, he admitted that his lack of stamina caused him the match.
“I was exhausted as the match went into the rubber game. It was then that I started to lose my focus. Puxon played well.”
Meanwhile, Calvin Yeo who earlier lost to Puxon in the semi-finals, emerged the second runner-up when he beat Jason John 11-7, 11-9, 11-7.
Richard Law, on the other hand, claimed the Men’s Over-40 crown after defeating Paul
Ting 11-4, 12-10, 9-11, 11-5.
The second runner-up was Stephen Yii, who got the bye from Heng Soon Boon.
In the Women’s category, Shannen Poh defeated Christie Goh 8-11, 14-12, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7 to emerge champion, while Nadia Kho placed third.
Sarawak Squash Racquet Association president Robert Lau presented the prizes to winners.
Meanwhile, Super Squashers coordinator Andre Kho said the tournament served as a platform for the sport’s enthusiasts here to test their skills against each other.
For more information, contact Kho at 017-858 7069 or visit Social Squashers page on Facebook.
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