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Ashaari Zainal beat Italian Enrico Becuzzi 6-0, 6-2 in the Malaysian Open qualifiers, making him the first Malaysian to beat a foreign player in this tournament.
KUALA LUMPUR: Ashaari Zainal created history of sorts in the Malaysian Open tennis championship when he beat Enrico Becuzzi of Italy 6-0, 6-2 to reach the second round of the men’s singles qualifying tournament at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
Ashaari is the first Malaysian to beat a foreign player in the Malaysian Open, which is part of the ATP circuit.
The previous best achievement was recorded last year by Mohd Assri Merzuki when he took a set off Filipino Treat Huey (6-2, 5-7, 6-2).
“I really did not expect to win so easily. My opponent is already 40 years old but he is a very experienced player,” said 25-year-old Ashaari, who is currently ranked second in the national team.
“This is the first time I am playing in a big tournament like this and I am happy I made used of this wildcard opportunity,” he added.
Ashaari will be up against Matteo Viola of Italy, ranked 134th in the world, on Sunday.
“I don’t know what to expect tomorrow. I hope I can play better than today and not be nervous,” said Ashaari.
The other five Malaysians, including former national No. 1 Si Yew Ming, failed to clear their matches on Saturday.
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