Teh Min Jie (right) in a file photo. She made it to the SSJM semi-finals after beating top seed Milou van der Heijden of Holland 10-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6.
KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager Teh Min Jie created two major upsets to reach the semi-finals of the Malaysian Tour squash circuit (SSJM) third leg in Seremban.
The 17-year-old Min Jie came back from a set down to beat world No. 85 and eighth seed Jessica Turnbull of Australia 11-13, 14-12, 11-8, 11-4 in the first round at the Seremban II Sports Complex on Friday.
Then, 6½ hours later, she again fought back from a set down to overcome world No. 51 and top seed Milou van der Heijden of Holland 10-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6 in the quarter-finals.
Min Jie’s reward is a semi-final date with Norway’s fifth-seeded Lottee Eriksen, who ousted fourth seed Rachel Arnold of Malaysia 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9.
World No. 107 Min Jie said she didn’t expected to beat two higher-ranked players in one day.
“I’m playing my best game but it’s never easy to beat two tough opponents in one day,” she said.
“It was the best result for me on the Malaysian Tour. I hope to surprise Eriksen and reach the final.”
The other women’s semi-final will be an all-South Korean affair between sixth seed Kim Ga-hye and seventh seed Eun Chan-ahn.