KUALA LUMPUR: National junior squash coach Andrew Cross hopes his players will learn from their recent defeats and work towards getting it right at the World Junior Championships in Malaysia in July.
The top juniors have had a busy start to the year, featuring in the prestigious British Junior Open (BJO) in Birmingham, England, earlier this month and the Asian Junior Team Championships (AJTC) in Pattaya, Thailand, last week.
“Losing is part of any sport – learning lessons from the loss is the most important part of it,” said Cross.
“The more they learn, the better and faster they will improve.
“For the boys, losing to India in the Asian Juniors semis was hard. If they had progressed to the final, I believe they would have won the title.”
“At the BJO, Siow Yee Xian reached the semi-finals of the boys’ Under-19 category while Amir Amirul Azhar and Duncan Lee were in the last eight of the Under-17 event.
In the girls’ Under-19, Aifa Azman, Chan Yiwen and Ooi Kah Yah got as far as the last eight.
At the AJTC, the boys failed to meet their target of reaching the final as they cracked under pressure and fell to India 2-1 in the last four but the girls lived up to their favourites’ billing by clinching the title with a 2-0 win over Hong Kong.