KUALA LUMPUR: High-flying Ong Sai Hung not only wants to be a professional squash player but he also dreams of becoming a pilot.
The Form Three student of Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) is on the right track to fulfil his dreams to turn pro in three years time after winning the boys’ Under-17 title in the REDtone National Junior Open squash championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Sai Hung, seeded joint fifth-eighth, beat Australia’s Alex Eustace, joint ninth-16th seed, 11-5, 3-11, 11-4, 11-2 in the final in 34 minutes.
The 15-year-old Kedahan created two upsets to reach the final. In the quarter-finals, Sai Hung upset joint third-fourth seed Harley Tham of Hong Kong 8-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11.
And in the semi-finals, he stunned top seed Alireza Shameli of Iran 11-9, 12-10, 6-11, 11-3.
Sai Hung, who was a member of the Malaysian team that finished fourth in the World Junior Championships in Namibia in August, said he was confident of winning the final against the Australian.
“After beating two seeded players in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, I knew that I should have no problem winning my first title this year.
“It is really good to end the year with a title,” said Sai Hung, who took up squash at the age of seven.
Sai Hung said he wants to turn professional after his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations in 2016.
“It has been my dream to be a professional player. But I also want to study hard and become a pilot.
“It’s not going to be easy to play and study at the same time. But I hope to fulfil both dreams,” said Sai Hung.
Kedah squash players have dominated the championships by winning five of the 12 titles at stake yesterday.
The northern state also won the boys’ Under-13 title and three girls’ titles – Under-9, Under-11 and Under-15.
Under-9: Veroon Heng (Mal) bt Kugan Hashvind (Kul) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Under-11: Joachim Chuah (Kul) bt Mohd Fayyad Wajdi (Ked) 11-7, 11-9, 11-9
Under-13: Kevin Shanmugan (Ked) bt Duncan Yung (Sab) bt 11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 9-11, 11-5
Under-15: Siow Yee Xian (Mal) bt Wang Peng Soon (Mal) 11-2, 12-10, 12-10
Under-17: Ong Sai Hung (Ked) bt Alex Eustace (Aus) 11-5, 3-11, 11-4, 11-2
Under-19: Yuen Tsun Hei (Hkg) bt Lau Tsz Kwan (Hkg) 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4.
Under-9: Andrie Goh (Ked) bt A. Raneetta Renjini (Sel) 11-4, 11-4, 11-9
Under-11: K. Sehveetrraa (Ked) bt K. Sujithra (Kul) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3
Under-13: Jessica Jia Hui Keng (Sab) bt Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi (Kul) 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-6
Under-15: Aifa Azman (Ked) bt Lai Wen Li (BJSS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3
Under-17: Satomi Watanabe (Jpn) bt Mihiliya Methsarani Kalahe (Sri) 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 13-11
Under-19: Andrea Lee (Kul) bt Choi Uen Hsan (Hkg) 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 5-11, 12-10.