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Published: Saturday April 19, 2014 MYT 7:11:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 19, 2014 MYT 7:12:37 PM

Eriksen too strong for giant killer Min Jie

Teh Min Jie (front) in a file photo. She lost to Lotte Eriksen 12-10, 11-13, 14-12, 7-11, 7-11 in the SSJM third leg semi-final.

Teh Min Jie (front) in a file photo. She lost to Lotte Eriksen 12-10, 11-13, 14-12, 7-11, 7-11 in the SSJM third leg semi-final.

KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Teh Min Jie’s giant-killing act has come to an abrupt end in the semi-finals of the Malaysian Tour squash circuit (SSJM) third leg at Seremban II Sports Complex.

The 17-year-old Min Jie, who upset two players on Friday – eighth seed Jessica Turnbull of Australia and top seed Milou Van Der Heijden of Holland in the first round and quarter-finals respectively, put up a good fight before going down fighting 12-10, 11-13, 14-12, 7-11, 7-11 to fifth seed Lotte Eriksen of Norway.

“Overall, I’m happy with my form as I did well to beat two seeded players to reach the semi-finals,” said Min Jie, who admitted that her best was just not good enough against Eriksen.

The 27-year-old Eriksen, ranked 74th in the world, will take on South Korea’s seventh-seeded Eun Chan-ahn in the final on Sunday.

Chan-ahn warded off a strong challenge from compatriot Kim Ga-hye to prevail 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 13-11 in the other semi-final.

In the men’s division, joint third-fourth seed Elvinn Keo upset second seed Timothy Arnold in straight sets 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 to set up a showdown with top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan on Sunday.

The Kuala Terengganu-born Nafiizwan also had no problem brushing aside joint third-fourth seed Mohd Addeen Idrakie 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 in the other semi-final.

Tags / Keywords: squash, SSJM, Teh Min Jie, Malaysian Tour squash circuit, Lotte Eriksen

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