PETALING JAYA: Hopes of a repeat all-Malaysian men’s final in the CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open squash championships has been dashed with the withdrawal of Mohd Azlan Iskandar.
The two-time former winner came down with fever after returning home from London. He subsequently developed sore throat and was also coughing badly.
“The fever has subsided a bit but it flares up when I try to do a bit of activity. My throat is pretty bad and my cough is not getting any better,” said Azlan, who lost to Beng Hee in the final last year.
“It is such a bad timing but things happen. I can’t do much but hope to get better soon.”
The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia secretary, K. Sivanesan, said yesterday that they had not received an official notice of withdrawal from the third seed and current world No. 12.
“A player can give notice at least 24 hours before the match begins. We will try to get in touch with him and find out the situation,” said Sivanesan.
World junior champion Mohamed El Shorbagy is likely to benefit from Azlan’s withdrawal as he will earn a place in the main draw. The Egyptian is the highest ranked player on the reserve list.