KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian squash players warmed up for the prestigious British Junior Open by winning six of the seven events at the Dunlop Pontefract Junior Open in London on Friday.
Ng Eain Yow gave his confidence a major boost ahead of the British Junior Open, which begins tomorrow in Sheffield, by beating compatriot Mohd Farez Izwan 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 to win the boys’ Under–15 title.
Ong Sai Hung bagged the boys’ Under–13 crown after a hard-fought 11-9, 4-11, 11-5, 11-7 win over compatriot Mivesh Kumar.
Sanjay Singh delivered the third title for Malaysia by winning the boys’ Under-19 title. He outplayed England’s Richie Fallows 12-10, 11-9, 11-6.
Hosts England denied Malaysia a clean sweep by winning the boys’ Under-17 title.
Lyell Fuller proved too strong for Mohd Hannan Tarmidi, winning 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.
Malaysian players also clinched all three titles contested in the girls’ competition.
Jadeleen Lee was the winner of the Under-17 event, beating England’s Anna Kimberly 11-8, 11-9, 11-1.
Aika Azman was involved with Nazihah Hanis in an all-Malaysian final in the Under-15.
Aika emerged triumphant with a laboured 11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 win.
The last title of the day was won by Nurul Izzah Abdul Razak, who stormed back to beat England’s Lucy Turnel 5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 in the Under-13 category.
Malaysian S. Sivasangiri finished third in the category after compatriot Andrea Lee conceded a walkover due to injury.
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) secretary Christ-opher Brodie was delighted with the results.
“It was a great outing. The win will boost the juniors to give their best in the British Junior Open,” said Christopher.