Wee Wern closes in on ticket to World Junior Championships

IPOH: Reigning national schools (MSSM) Under-15 squash champion Low Wee Wern virtually booked her ticket to the World Junior Championships in Cairo when she qualified for the girls’ Under-19 final in the third-leg of the NSC-SportExcel-Milo National Junior Circuit at the Ipoh Sports Complex here yesterday. 

Wee Wern outplayed her higher ranked rival June Tiong of Sarawak 2-7, 8-6, 9-7, 5-7, 7-2 in the semi-finals. 

The 13-year-old Penangite will take on Sarawak’s Jo Anne Jee for the title scheduled for this morning. 

Jo booked her place in the final when she easily ousted Siti Munirah of Terengganu in straight sets 7-1,7-4,7-1 in the other semi-final. 

The Squash Racket Association of Malaysia (SRAM) are using the third leg as the selection ground for the team to the world meet from Aug 17-18. The final squad is expected to be named on July 4. 

In the boys’ Under-19 final, Mohd Shahril Shahiban will meet Mohd Nafzahizam in an all-Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) decider. Both players are from Terengganu. 

Shahril beat Fabian Faurillo 7-9, 7-2, 7-5, 7-3 while Nafzahizam struggled over younger brother Nafizwan 9-8, 7-4, 9-0, 5-7, 7-5 in their respective semi-finals. 








Quarter-finals: Mohd Nafzahizam bt Elvinn Keo 7-1, 7-1, 8-9, 7-5; Mohd Nafizwan bt Mohd Azfar Azan 10-9, 5-7, 7-4, 7-2; Fabian Faurillo bt Tan Yze Hion 8-6, 7-2, 7-1; Mohd Shahril Shahiban bt Ramie Ramzan 7-9, 9-8, 7-2, 7-6. 

Semi-finals: Mohd Nafzahizam bt Mohd Nafizwan 9-8, 9-4, 9-10,5-7, 7-5; Mohd Shahril Shahiban bt Fabian Faurillo 7-9, 7-2, 7-5, 7-3. 


Quarter-finals: Jo Anne Jee bt Hooi Wei Lin 7-0, 7-5, 7-3; Siti Munirah bt Shenny Ong 7-2, 7-9, 7-1, 10-9; Low Wee Wern bt Munirah Ariff 5-7, 7-4, 7-5, 7-1; June Tiong bt Nabillah Ariffin 9-7, 7-4, 10-9. 

Semi-finals: Jo Anne Jee bt Siti Munirah Ariff 7-1, 7-4, 7-1; Low Wee Wern bt June Tiong 2-7, 8-6, 9-7, 5-7, 7-2. 

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