Malaysia took home four titles, one less from last year in the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Iran this year.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia were the biggest victors in the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Kish Island, Iran.
Vanessa Raj led the way, ending Malaysia’s long wait for an Under-19 title by beating top seed Ho Tze Lok of Hong Kong 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 in the girls’ final. It was Malaysia’s first crown in the Under-19 categories – for boys and girls – since Low Wee Wern and Ivan Yuen emerged triumphant in 2009.
In the girls’ Under-17 final, Andrea Lee bagged her second Asian junior after surviving a fierce onslaught by team-mate Zoe Foo to win 11-8, 14-12, 9-11, 2-11, 11-5. It was another year of heartbreak for Zoe, who lost to Andrea in last year’s Under-15 final.
In the girls’ Under-13 final, pint-sized Aifa Azman continued to stamp her class with a routine 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 win over Hong Kong’s Lau Tin Yan for her first Asian junior crown.
Top seed Nur Aliah Izzati failed to help Malaysia clinch all the four titles in the girls’ section when she went down 6-11, 6-11, 9-11 to Hong Kong’s Lui Hiu Lam.
In the boys’ section, Ng Eain Yow was the only sole winner for Malaysia. He successfully defended his Under-17 title by beating Jordanian Mohammad Alsarraj 11-5, 11-3, 11-5.
In the Under-15 category, Eugene Heng was beaten 11-13, 8-11, 10-12 by Jordan’s Ibrahim Khaleel Abulaban.
Although Malaysia failed to match last year’s haul of five titles, national junior coach Andrew Cross was a happy man.
“Vanessa played superb squash all week and it’s nice to get our hands on the Under-19 title again,” said Cross.