National junior squash player Andrea Lee (left) won the Hong Kong U-17 title on Saturday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: National junior squash player Andrea Lee received a massive boost ahead of the World Junior Championship from Aug 10-21 in Windhoek, Namibia, after winning the Under-17 category of the Hong Kong Junior Open on Saturday.
The 16-year-old Andrea capped a fantastic year in which she won the Under-17 title in the Asian Junior Championship in June, by beating Hong Kong’s Ho Ka Wing in straight sets.
The left-handed KL lass was in her element despite dropping a set as she won 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7.
It will prove to be a massive boost for Andrea who will compete in the world juniors for the first time together with two other girls - Zoe Foo and S. Sivasangari.
Malaysia will also send four boys - Ng Eain Yow, Mohd Syafiq Kamal, Darren Chan and Mohd Farez Izwan and they will compete in both the team and individual events.
“I’m really glad to have won my first Hong Kong title because I’ve been competing in this tournament for so long but never winning it before,” said Andrea.
“I think I really played well in the final and I’m happy with the way I won it.
“It’s definitely a great warm up tournament for the world juniors because I got a pretty tough draw there. I will be up against Egypt’s three-time winner Nour El Sherbini if I clear my first round.”
Two other Malaysians made the final in Hong Kong - Amirah Rusydina Rosli in the girls’ Under-13 category and Andrik Lim in the boys’ Under-11 category. Both of them however lost their matches.