Vanessa’s out for a hat-trick

THE chance to complete a hat-trick will be the driving force behind Penang’s latest squash sensation Vanessa Vanessa (pic) when the grand finals of the CIMB Squash Circuit serves off at the Bukit Jalil courts on June 30.

The 15-year-old St Georges’ Girls School student, who despite having failed to win any of the earlier three-legs in this year’s circuit, has openly declared that defending her Under-17 crown in the CIMB (national) circuit’s grand finals, will be her prime target.

This came in the wake of Vanessa achieving back-to-back success after she retained her Penang Junior Open championship Under-17 crown at the Nicol David International Squash Centre on June 11.

At the Milo All Stars tournament at the Astaka Courts on June 4, Vanessa firmly overcame the stiff challenges provided by a strong field of foreign players from Pakistan, New Zealand and India for the Under-17 title.

“This double success has come as a good encouragement towards my hope of trooping out a champion in the grand finals of the CIMB circuit at the end of this month. I can then complete a hat-trick,” Vanessa said.

Her hunger is understandable as she has not won any of the three preliminary legs thus far.

Vanessa’s best was a second placed finish in the opening leg and she only managed to be placed sixth and fifth in the second and third legs respectively of the circuit.

Her state rival Celine Yeap, who will also be placing a strong bid in the coming grand finals, took her defeat to Vanessa in the recent Penang Junior Open finals on a positive note.

“Although I failed to stop Vanessa, there was no disappointment in the defeat as I felt that I played better compared to our earlier clashes,” said Yeap.

“While I crashed to a straight sets defeat in the semi-finals of the Milo All Star, my success in taking a set from her now (Penang Junior Open), means that there is an improvement. This will serve as a good encouragement towards my challenge in the coming grand finals of the CIMB circuit.”

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