Teh Min Jie (front) in a file photo. She lost to Lotte Eriksen 12-10, 11-13, 14-12, 7-11, 7-11 in the SSJM third leg semi-final.
KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Teh Min Jie’s giant-killing act has come to an abrupt end in the semi-finals of the Malaysian Tour squash circuit (SSJM) third leg at Seremban II Sports Complex.
The 17-year-old Min Jie, who upset two players on Friday – eighth seed Jessica Turnbull of Australia and top seed Milou Van Der Heijden of Holland in the first round and quarter-finals respectively, put up a good fight before going down fighting 12-10, 11-13, 14-12, 7-11, 7-11 to fifth seed Lotte Eriksen of Norway.
“Overall, I’m happy with my form as I did well to beat two seeded players to reach the semi-finals,” said Min Jie, who admitted that her best was just not good enough against Eriksen.
The 27-year-old Eriksen, ranked 74th in the world, will take on South Korea’s seventh-seeded Eun Chan-ahn in the final on Sunday.
Chan-ahn warded off a strong challenge from compatriot Kim Ga-hye to prevail 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 13-11 in the other semi-final.
In the men’s division, joint third-fourth seed Elvinn Keo upset second seed Timothy Arnold in straight sets 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 to set up a showdown with top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan on Sunday.
The Kuala Terengganu-born Nafiizwan also had no problem brushing aside joint third-fourth seed Mohd Addeen Idrakie 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 in the other semi-final.