Vanessa Raj advances to her first WTA Tour final after beating her Hong Kong opponent in the fourth leg of the Malaysian Tour squash circuit semi-final in Kangar on Saturday
PETALING JAYA: Promising youngster Vanessa Raj earned herself a career breakthrough after storming into the final in the fourth leg of the Malaysian Tour squash circuit (SSJM) in Kangar.
The 18-year-old Vanessa, ranked 77th in the world, upset world No. 50 Tong Tsz Wing of Hong Kong 4-11, 11-9, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 to reach her first final on the Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour.
“It was a pretty tough game but I thought I played pretty well today,” said Vanessa after her win on Saturday.
“She’s the more experienced player, so I just went out there trying to play my best squash and I found myself 2-1 up at one point.
“In the end, it was a five-setter but I’m happy to win and I’m pretty excited to be in my first final on the WSA Tour.”
She will meet Hong Kong’s top-seeded Liu Tsz Ling for the title.
The 22-year-old Tsz Ling, who is ranked 45th in the world, was also taken to the limit before prevailing 8-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 against Norway’s Lotte Eriksen.
In men’s event, top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan will seek to extend his domination in the SSJM circuit when he faces second seed Elvinn Keo in the final for a second consecutive time.
Nafiizwan, who won the first and third legs of the circuit, downed youngster Mohd Syafiq Kamal 12-10, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8 in the semi-finals.
Penangite Elvinn, who lost to Nafiizwan in the final of the third leg, also breezed past youngster Mohd Hannan Tarmidi 11-2, 11-6, 11-9.