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by aftar singh
Ong Beng Hee (right) playing against Omar Mosaad in the first round of the KL Open in March. Beng Hee won after Omar retired. They are due to meet again in the quarter-finals of the Macau Open.
KUALA LUMPUR: After winning the Royal Lake Club Open title last week, veteran Ong Beng Hee is all fired up to give his best at the Macau Open, which begins Thursday.
The 33-year-old Beng Hee, who lived up to his billing of Malaysian No. 1 by defeating team-mate Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in a thrilling marathon 3-2 win in the final of Royal Lake Club Open, will start his campaign against local Steven Liu in the Macau Open.
Beng Hee, ranked 23rd in the world, said that he is in high spirits after winning the Royal Lake Club Open title, which was his first Professional Squash Association (PSA) circuit title this year.
“I should not have any problem beating Steven in the first round. But I can expect a torrid time against world No. 10 and top seed Omar Mosaad of Egypt in the quarter-finals.
“I will go all out to get the better of the big guy in Macau,” said Beng Hee.
World No. 33 Nafiizwan will also feature in the championships and the Kuala Terengganu-born player, who is drawn in the bottom half of the main draw, will face world No. 24 Adrian Grant of England in the first round.
Nafiizwan has met Grant three times in previous PSA tournaments and the English player has a 2-1 advantage.
The 27-year-old Malaysian, who won the Irish Open in April, said that in their last meeting in the 2012 Malaysian Open, he defeated Grant 3-2 in the first round and he is confident of another win over the 33-year-old.
If Nafiizwan gets past Grant, he will meet world No. 13 and second seed Cameron Pilley of Australia in the quarter-finals.
Another Malaysian player, Ivan Yuen, qualified for the main draw after defeating Aqeel Rehman of Austria 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 in the second round of the qualifiers on Wednesday.
Former Asian junior champion Ivan, who eliminated local player Hoi Long Chan 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 in the first round on Tuesday, will face Max Lee of Hong Kong in the first round of the main draw.
In the women’s competition, national number three Delia Arnold is the only Malaysian player in the main draw.
The eighth-seeded Delia will face a qualifier in the first round and if she reaches the quarter-finals she should meet fourth seed Dipika Pallikal of India.
Top seed at the Macau Open is Natalie Grinham of Holland and the second seed is Hong Kong’s Annie Au, the Asian champion.
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