Saturday June 29, 2013

Malaysia assured of at least two golds in Asian Junior Squash Championships

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia are assured of at least two titles in the 20th edition of the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Amman, Jordan.

In yesterday’s boys’ Under-17 semi-finals, top seed Mohd Syafiq Mohd Kamal and second seed Ng Eain Yow easily won their matches to set up an all-Malaysian final.

Syafiq outplayed Hong Kong’s Hei Yuen Tsun 12-10, 11-8, 11-4 while Eain Yow, the British Junior Open Under-15 champion, beat compatriot Darren Chan 11-9, 11-5, 11-7.

There was more joy in the girls’ Under-15 category.

First Zoe Foo, the joint third-fourth seed, upset top seed S. Sivasangari in the all-Malaysian semi-final.

Then, second seed Andrea Jia Qi Lee made sure of another title when she defeated Hong Kong’s Ho Ka Wing 12-10, 13-11, 11-8.

It was a joyful day for Malaysia as three others also qualified for the final.

Top seed Mohd Farez Izwan Mohd Mukhtar chalked up a hard-fought 11-8, 9-11, 13-11, 11-2 win over joint third-fourth Robin Mann of India to reach the boys’ Under-15 final.

Farez will face second seed Mohammad Alsarraj of Jordan, who eliminated India’s Ranjit Singh 11-8, 11-8, 12-10, for the title.

Mohd Hafiz Zhafri Abdul Harif qualified for the boys’ Under-13 final after an easy 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 win over India’s Saksham Choudhary. In the final, top seed Hafiz will take on second seed Veer Chotrani of India.

Nazihah Hanis Abdul Razak, the joint third-fourth seed, produced a big surprise when she stunned second seed Harshit Kaur Jawanda 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7 to reach the girls’ Under-17 final. Nazihah’s opponent in the final is top seed Choi Uen Shan of Hong Kong.

Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) general manager Christopher Brodie was delighted with the juniors’ performances.

“All the Malaysian finalists in Jordan will get to play in the British Junior Open next year,” said Christopher.

“We are now confident of surpassing the three titles we won in the Asian Juniors in Iran last year,” he added.


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