Ong Sai Hong beat Sudesh Kannah of Pahang in the semi-finals of the boys’ Under-15 category at the National Junior squash championships in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Ong Sai Hung of Kedah took up squash eight years ago, but his technique of holding the racquet was all wrong.
Sai Hung, who will turn 15 on Friday, did the right thing though, by enrolling as a Form Three student in the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) last month.
Now, after one month of training under national elite coach Raymond Arnold at the BJSS, Sai Hung has finally come to grips with holding the racquet the right way!
Raymond was full of praise for Sai Hung, a player he described as hard-working and a fast-learner.
“Surprisingly, the way he grips the racquet wasn’t right ... his racquet was facing down and not up,” said Raymond.
“He had no problem with the backhand shot but he was having problems with his forehand.
“I had to spend a month rectifying his grip problem. But I’m happy that not only did he manage to improve his racquet-holding technique, but he has also shown improvement in his overall game.”
Sai Hung, who did well to finish sixth in the British Junior Open boys’ Under-15 category in Sheffield last month, said that he is glad to have joined the BJSS and “learn so many new things to improve my (his) game ... including the right technique in holding the racquet”.
“I didn’t know that all this while I’ve been holding it the wrong way,” said Sai Hung, formerly of Jitra Secondary School.
“I joined BJSS because I want to improve my game and also become a professional player in five years’ time.
“My idol is Egypt’s world champion Ramy (Ashour) ... I hope to be a world-class player like him,” added Sai Hung, who qualified for the final of the boys’ Under-15 category in the National Junior squash championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
The top-seeded Sai Hung, representing BJSS, eliminated joint third-fourth seed Sudesh Kannah of Pahang 12-10, 11-2, 11-3 in the semi-finals.
He will face Jesse Foo Kok Sheng of Kelantan in the final.
Sai Hung, who won three CIMB National Junior circuits last year, knows he can expect a torrid time against Jesse, who beat him in a local tournament last year.