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Teh Min En (left) fearlessly taking on world No. 1 Nicol David in the TC National Championships on Aug 29, 2013. Nicol won 11-4, 11-7, 11-5.
KUALA LUMPUR: National junior Teh Min En is exactly half the age of world No. 1 Nicol David.
But the 15-year-old Kedah girl certainly did not show it as she put up a feisty performance against the seven-time world champion in the first round of the TC National Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil Thursday.
Nicol won 11-4, 11-7, 11-5 but Min En, who studies and trains at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), believes she is simply blessed to have had a go against Nicol.
“I guess I’m pretty lucky to be the one playing against Nicol. Everyone wanted the chance to face her,” beamed Min En.
“I was quite excited going up against her. Although I lost, I learned a lot from the match ... most notably the need to improve on my fitness and focus.”
Nicol also had good things to say about Min En, pointing out that it was a good sign that the juniors were not afraid of making their shots.
“She actually gave me a better workout than I expected,” said Nicol. “She’s young, but her game awareness is good and her shot placing is pretty spot-on too.
“She was hitting excellent low shots and I had to step it up to keep it tight to stop her from making those shots.
“Overall, I thought it was great that these girls aren’t afraid of playing against me and they actually come into match with a proper game plan.”
Nicol will face another junior when she takes on Aika Azman in the quarter-finals.
Aika pulled off the shock of the day by disposing of top junior Rachel Arnold 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 11-3.
Earlier, defending champion Low Wee Wern got off to an easy start by dispatching another 15-year-old – Zoe Foo – 11-2, 11-4, 11-1.
“It was a good match. I was trying not to end the rallies too fast because I wanted to get a feel of the courts here ... in preparation for the Malaysian Open (Sept 10-15),” said Wee Wern.
“But Zoe played well. She’s hardworking and runs a lot and it’s a good sign to see.
“She certainly has potential. In fact ... she’s even taller than me! I sure hope she learned something from this match.”
The 23-year-old world No. 6 faces P. Pushppa Devi in the quarter-finals.
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