Yoke Wah stunner

PETITE Lim Yoke Wah is now the No. 1 woman squash player in Perak. And she achieved the feat in a dramatic way. 

The gutsy Yoke Wah, seeded second, upset defending champion and top seed Kuan Choy Lin in the final of the Perak Closed championships played at the Ipoh City Council Sports Complex recently. 

It was also sweet revenge for the first-year business administration student of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Serdang. She was beaten by Choy Lin in the 2004 final. There was no competition last year. 

The 20-year-old Yoke Wah ignored her opponent’s illustrious tag with a single-minded display, recovering from one game down to show that she can still go all the way. 

There was a momentary silence at the courts, especially from the handful of Yoke Wah fans, when Choy Lin took the first game easily at 9-1. 

But they exploded into loud cheers when Yoke Wah recovered to sweep the next three games 9-3, 9-3, 9-3. 

“It is nice to be Perak No. 1 but I wasn’t thinking about it in the final. I just kept focusing on each game. 

“Of course, I am delighted that I won but it was not an easy win. Choy Lin gave me a tough time but my superior fitness gave me the edge,” said a jubilant Yoke Wah, who is also a member of the national back-up squad. 

In the men’s competition, Choong Kam Heng, fresh from his participation in the World Juniors in Auckland, lived up to his billing as the top seed when he outplayed second seed Daniel Tan 9-5, 9-3, 9-5 in the final. 

The 17-year-old Kam Heng, a student with Bukit Jalil Sports School who is described as a bright prospect in Malaysian squash, kept a clean sheet by disposing all his opponents 3-0 on his way to the final. 

The boys’ Under-19 final saw the showdown between two lesser-known players – Choy Ming Wei and Lew Yee Heng. 

Ming Wei had earlier knocked out top seed Jashen Joeol Paul 5-9, 9-5, 1-9, 9-5, 10-8 in the semi-finals. Not to be outdone, Yee Heng ousted second seed Low Weng Onn 9-2, 4-9, 9-0, 9-3 also in the semi-finals. 

In the final, Yee Heng stamped his superio- rity from the start and never looked back when he cruised to an easy 9-2, 9-2, 9-1 victory. 

Julia Cheah, as expected, captured the girls’ Under-19 title, defeating second seed Joey Theen 9-5, 9-1, 9-5.