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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (front) playing against Timothy Arnold in the TC National Championships last month. Nafiizwan is out for revenge after losing to Ong Beng Hee in the Nationals.
KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 2 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan aims to take revenge on national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee when they meet in the first round of the CIMB Malaysian Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil Thursday.
The 27-year-old Nafiizwan suffered a close five-set defeat to Beng Hee in the TC National Championships final last month. And Nafiizwan, who made the Malaysian Open quarter-finals last year with a stunning win over England’s Adrian Grant, badly wants to even the score with Beng Hee.
He can take heart in the fact that Beng Hee is not in top form. The 33-year-old Beng Hee suffered a demoralising defeat to Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed in the opening round of the Maharashtra State Open in Mumbai, India, last week.
“I want my revenge. It’s up to me to make amends for my own failure to beat him in the Nationals,” said Nafiizwan.
“But I know he’ll be motivated too, especially since he lost in the first round in India.
“He’s also very experienced and he knows how to deal with situations like this.
“With that being said, I am still ready to win. My preparation has been good and the defeat in the Nationals was just a minor setback.
“I also want to equal or better last year’s achievement of making the quarter-finals. To achieve that, I need to beat Beng Hee first,” added Nafiizwan.
If Nafiizwan gets the better of Beng Hee, he will have an even tougher task in the quarter-finals where he is slated to meet second seed Peter Barker of England.
Meanwhile, top seed Karim Darwish of Egypt is all fired up to win his first-ever Malaysian Open crown.
The world No. 5 has won three Kuala Lumpur Open titles, but has surprisingly never won the Malaysian Open.
Last year, he limped out injured in the quarter-finals against Spain’s Borja Golan.
“This is one of my favourite events in Malaysia,” said Darwish.
“But sadly I’ve never won it before. This time, as the top seed, I really hope to end the jinx,” added Darwish, who faces 26-year-old Englishman Chris Simpson in the first round.
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