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by aftar singh
A file photo of Ong Beng Hee. The father-to-be trounced compatriot Elvinn Keo 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in 33 minutes to make it to the Royal Lake Club Open semi-finals.
KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 1 Ong Beng Hee will be a busy man next year.
No, it’s not because he will be featuring in many tournaments – because he is going to become a father.
The 33-year-old’s wife, Winnie Lee, is three-and-a-half-months pregnant and the couple are expecting their first child on April 10.
Beng Hee, who won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Busan (2002) and Doha (2006), said that he is really excited about becoming a father.
“I’m looking forward to more good things with the arrival of the baby. Next year will be a challenging one for me. Apart from the professional circuit, I will feature in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and the Asian Games in Incheon in September,” said Beng Hee.
For now though he has other things on his mind, like getting his hands on the Royal Lake Club Open squash title.
On Thursday, world No. 23 and top seed Beng Hee had no problems downing compatriot Elvinn Keo 11-5, 11-6, 11-6 in 33 minutes in the quarter-finals.
Asked about his chances against Aamir in the semi-finals on Friday, Beng Hee said he is expecting “a torrid time” against the world No. 70.
“He beat me in the semi-finals of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Aamir is a good player who always gives his best. But I’m in high spirits and will go all out to get the better of him to reach the final,” said Beng Hee.
The other semi-final will be an-all local affair between third seed Ivan Yuen and second seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan.
The 23-year-old Ivan played against Nafiizwan once last year – in the final of the Hibiscus Open in Australia – and lost 3-2.
World No. 69 Ivan, however, had to slog for 112 minutes to beat Tayyab Aslam of Pakistan 6-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-8 in the quarter-finals.
World No. 33 Nafiizwan also faced strong resistance before prevailing 11-7, 20-18, 11-3 over Aqeel Rehman of Austria in 50 minutes.
The 27-year-old Nafiizwan said that his performance against Aqeel was affected due to the poor air-conditioning system at the Royal Lake Club.
“It’s really hot and humid playing at the Royal Lake Club but I’m happy to win in straight sets. I expect another tough encounter against Ivan tomorrow as our matches have always been very close,” said Nafiizwan.
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