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Published: Tuesday June 10, 2014 MYT 6:32:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday June 10, 2014 MYT 6:34:25 PM

Nazihah stuns Uen Shan to make semis

Nazihah Hanis (right) in action against Hong Kong's Choi Uen Shan. - CHAN BOON KAI / The Star

Nazihah Hanis (right) in action against Hong Kong's Choi Uen Shan. - CHAN BOON KAI / The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysian Nazihah Hanis Razak pulled off a major upset when she ousted Asian Under-17 champion Choi Uen Shan of Hong Kong in the girls’ Under-19 quarter-finals of the Malaysian Junior Open squash championships.

Nazihah, who lost in straight sets to Uen Shan in last year’s Under-17 final of the Asian Junior Championships in Jordan, gained sweet revenge with a thrilling 6-11, 11-5, 11-2, 9-11, 15-13 win at the Nicol David International Squash Centre on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old Nazihah, who helped Kedah win the Sukma women’s team gold last month, was surprised to book her first-ever semi-final appearance in an Under-19 category.

“I was the underdog against Uen Shan today,” said Nazihah. “My victory proves how far I have improved since my straight-set loss to her in the Asian Juniors.”

Nazihah faces an uphill task against second seed Rachel Arnold in Wednesday’s semi-finals. Rachel dropped a set en route to beating Penang’s Celine Yeap 11-2, 11-13, 11-5, 11-6.

“I have not beaten Rachel before, but I am in good form. Anything is possible,” said Nazihah. “I have already achieved my target of making the semis. I have nothing to lose and will play without any pressure tomorrow.”

The other semi-final will be between top seed Ho Tze Lok of Hong Kong and Malaysian Teh Min Jie.

Min Jie booked her last-four spot by beating Aika Azman 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 while Tze Lok outclassed Lim Jee Nee 11-2, 11-8, 11-1.

In the girls’ Under-17 category, the top two seeds – S. Sivasangari of Kedah and Federal Territories’ Andrea Lee – stayed on course for a final showdown.

Sivasangari booked her semi-final spot with an 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 victory over Singapore’s Au Yeong Wai Yhann. Andrea was equally efficient in her 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 win over Penang’s Sara Chew.

In the semi-finals, Sivasangari will take on Terengganu’s Nurina Najib while Andrea faces Bukit Jalil Sports School’s Zoe Foo.

Tags / Keywords: Sport, Sport Others, squash, Malaysian Junior Open, Nazihah Hanis, Choi Uen Shan

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