Ivan Yuen (in blue) score the winning point against Hong Kong as he beat Yip Tsz Fung.
KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran Ong Beng Hee and Ivan Yuen starred in Malaysia’s 2-0 win over Hong Kong to reach the men’s semi-finals of the Asian Team Squash Championships in Hong Kong.
In the quarter-finals, the 34-year-old Beng Hee came back from the brink of defeat to beat Max Lee 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in the opening tie.
Boosted by the four-time Asian individual champion’s win, the 23-year-old Ivan fought back to beat Yip Tsz Fung 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-13, 11-9 for Malaysia’s winning point.
Third seeds Malaysia will face top seeds India, 2-0 winners over Singapore, in the semi-finals. Second seeds Pakistan face Kuwait in the other semi-final.
National coach Allan Soyza praised Beng Hee and Ivan for playing their hearts out.
“It is never easy playing against Hong Kong, especially on their home ground. Both Beng Hee and Ivan had to dig deep into their reserves to win their matches,” said Allan.
Malaysia last met India in June last year. The Malaysians lost 2-0 in the seventh placing playoff in the World Team Championships in Mulhouse, France.
“I hope our players can rise to the occasion again, like they did against Hong Kong,” said Allan.
In the women’s division, top seeds Malaysia outplayed Sri Lanka and Singapore with identical 3-0 scores to top Group A.
The Nicol David-led Malaysian team will face India, the Group B runners-up, in the last four. Group B champions Hong Kong will face Japan in the other semi-final.