KUALA LUMPUR: Nazihah Hanis Abd Razak has every reason to be upset after being snubbed by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) for the Asian Team Championships to be held in Cheongju, South Korea, from March 21-25.
What stings the 20-year-old is that she was overlooked in favour of four 18-year-olds – Chan Yiwen, Ooi Kah Yan, Lai Wen Li and Ma Si Yi.
But instead of sulking, the world No. 101 is determined to do her talking on the court.
The Kedahan certainly proved her point after upsetting the formbooks to storm into the semi-finals of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) No. 5.
Nazihah was simply on fire as she held her nerves and made her shots count to beat world No. 62 and third seed Hana Moataz of Egypt 12-10, 2-11, 4-11, 11-6, 17-15 in the quarter-finals at the Nicol David International Squash Centre in Bukit Dumbar, Penang yesterday.
It is Nazihah’s second five-setter of the day after she had earlier beaten South Korean Min Gyeong 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-2 in the first round.
Nazihah, who goes on to meet second seed Vanessa Chu of Hong Kong in the last four, was certainly pleased with the result.