PETALING JAYA: Sanjay Singh Chal turned pro two years ago – but he has yet to win a title.
But the 21-year-old player is hoping to come good in the seventh leg of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM), which starts in Kuantan on Wednesday.
The Miri-born Sanjay did well to win the SEA Games gold medal in Singapore in June and is ranked 110th in the world.
He has also come close to breaking his professional duck twice – finishing as runner-up in the fourth leg in May and making the semi-finals in the sixth leg last month.
“I’m definitely hoping to win this week ... that’s the target set by my coach Mika (Monto),” said Sanjay.
“I’ve been working very hard with Mika, so I’m hoping to play well.”
The second-seeded Sanjay meets compatriots Mohd Syafiq Kamal and No. 8 seed Elvinn Keo in the first two rounds, with SEA Games silver medallist Mohd Addeen Idrakie a likely semi-final opponent.
Top seed James Huang of Taiwan opens his account against a qualifier in the first round.
In the women’s event, Malaysians Rachel Arnold and Teh Min Jie are on course for a semi-final clash.
Second seed Rachel has a first-round bye while third seed Min Jie faces Asian Junior Under-15 champion Aifa Azman in the first round.
France’s Coline Aumard, who took a set off Nicol David in the China Open last week, is the top seed and is expected to meet Egypt’s Hana Ramadan in the semi-finals.
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