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Sunday April 27, 2014 MYT 5:59:00 PM
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by kng zheng guan
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian youngster Vanessa Raj found Hong Kong’s Liu Tsz Ling too hot to handle in the women’s final of the fourth leg of the Malaysian Tour squash circuit (SSJM) in Kangar.
The 18-year-old Vanessa, bidding to win her first Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour title, lost 9-11, 8-11, 5-11 to Tsz Ling yesterday.
“I think I was exhausted after all the five-setters in the past couple of days and my opponent was quite good today,” said Vanessa, who scored wins over fellow Malaysian junior Rachel Arnold and second seed Tong Tsz Wing of Hong Kong en route to the final.
“I’m a bit disappointed at missing out on my first Tour title, but there are a number of positives that I can take from this tournament,” she added.
Vanessa’s confidence has been boosted by the gallant run and her next assignment is the national selection trials from April 29-May 1 to select one player for the Asian Team Championship, Commmonwealth and Asian Games.
Besides Vanessa, the others attending the trials are Rachel, Teh Min Jie and Zulhijjah Azan. Only one player will be selected to join world No. 1 Nicol David, Low Wee Wern and Delia Arnold in the three championships.
“I think I have a good chance in the trials. It’s important for me to put my head down and go out there and play my best squash. Hopefully, it’ll work well for me once more,” said Vanessa, the world No. 77.
Meanwhile, national No.1 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan kept up his excellent record in the circuit by beating compatriot Elvinn Keo 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 in the men’s final. It was world No. 33 Nafiizwan’s third title in the circuit.
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