Boys' Under-15 top seed Jesse Foo (right) enjoyed an easy win over Sina Barootkoob of Iran in the second round. - filepic
PETALING JAYA: It was a proud day for Malaysia as all their 15 representatives moved into the quarter-finals of the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Kish Island, Iran.
There are eight titles at stake and Malaysia are attempting to win at least five to equal last year’s haul in Amman, Jordan.
Yesterday, top seed Jesse Foo started the ball rolling for Malaysia by sweeping aside homester Sina Barootkoob 11-5, 11-2, 11-6 in just 19 minutes in the boys’ Under-15 second round.
Jesse, Hong Kong Junior Under-13 champion in 2012, will take on India’s Chaitanya Shah for a place in the last four. Chaitanya stunned seventh seed Farbod Keyvanfar of Iran 11-6, 12-10, 11-8.
“It was a good match. I managed to get some good length and hit a few good shots,” said Jesse.
“I’m quite happy with the way I started the tournament, but I’m definitely looking to improve in the coming match.
“Two years ago I reached the semi-finals here in the Under-13 category but lost to Pakistan’s Hammas Tarar. This time he is not competing and I want to make use of the chances given to me to win the title for the first time,” added Jesse.
Eugene Heng, the third seed, also had it easy. He whipped Mohammadreza Jafarzadeh, also of Iran, 11-3, 11-6, 11-5.
In the Under-17 category, top seed seed Ng Eain Yow was surprisingly taken to the distance by Indian Ranjit Singh before winning 11-5, 4-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9.
Third seed Mohd Farez Izwan, however, scored a staright-forward 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 win over Sri Lanka’s Shameel Wakeel.
Mohd Syafiq Kamal booked his quarter-final spot in the Under-19 category by beating Qatar’s Sadam Sarhan Mehawesh 15-13, 11-3, 11-6.
It was also a glorious start in the girls’ Under-19 category with Vanessa Raj and Rachel Arnold both storming into the quarter-finals by beating their Sri Lanka rivals.
Second seed Vanessa downed Dinali Tiyara Salgado 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 while Rachel overcame Raveena Sumathipala 11-4, 11-4, 11-3.