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Ong Beng Hee (left) at the TC National Championships. He suffered a surprise first-round defeat to Egyptian youngster Zahed Mohamed at the Maharashtra State Open.
PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Ong Beng Hee was left ashen-faced after suffering a stunning first round defeat at the Maharashtra State Open in Bombay on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Beng Hee, fresh from winning his second national title on Sunday, was beaten 11-4, 11-13, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12 by Egyptian youngster Zahed Mohamed.
Beng Hee dominated the first set only to have Zahed steal the second set after a few errors.
Experience helped Beng Hee regain a 2-1 lead but once again Zahed fought hard, forcing the match into a deciding fifth.
Fatigue eventually crept into Beng Hee’s game as he let slip a 10-8 lead in the rubber as Zahed forced deuce and eventually sealed a major upset in 98 minutes.
The 21-year-old Zahed will next face India’s Ravi Dixit in the quarter-finals.
Malaysian qualifier Mohd Hannan Tarmidi’s challenge also came to an end after the 18-year-old was outclassed by Frenchman Johan Bouquet 3-11, 5-11, 9-11 in just 24 minutes.
Another massive upset in the first round came courtesy of world No. 132 Fares Dessouki of Egypt who stunned compatriot and second seed Omar Abdel Aziz.
Dessouki, the world junior runner-up, proved his mettle in the big leagues with a 10-12, 2-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 win over world No. 46 Omar.
Dessouki will face another promising youngster - local hope Mahesh Mangaokar - in the quarter-finals.
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squash, Ong Beng Hee, Maharashstra State Open, Mohd Hannan Tarmidi, Zahed Mohamed
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