KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Amirah Rusydina Rosli’s dream to become a professional squash player is slowly but surely becoming a reality.
The 17-year-old Kuala Lumpur lass, who struggled with shin and ankle injuries last year, powered her way to the semi-finals in the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) PSA 1 tournament yesterday to show she is on the right track to make it big in squash.
Amirah faced a strong challenge from Kiro Manoharan before prevailing with a 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 win in the quarter-finals at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
Amirah, the joint ninth-16th seed, faces Ainaa Amani next. Ainaa defeated Jessica Keng 11-6, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9 in another quarter-final match.
Amirah was surprised with her superb comeback after battling with injuries last year.
“I’m happy to recover but more than that, I’m glad that I can even reach the semi-finals for the first time in the PSA tournament,” said Amirah, who finished seventh in the girls’ Under-19 event at the National Championships in Penang in February.
“This augurs well for me. It puts me on the right track to become a professional player one day. But my dream will also depend on my performances in other PSA tournaments this year.
“I played Ainaa once in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) trials last year and lost narrowly to her.”
If Amirah beats Ainaa, she will take on the winner of the match between top seed Lai Wen and eighth seed Chan Yiwen.
Unseeded Duncan Lee’s fine run ended in the men’s semi-finals when the 17-year-old Sabahan, who upset two seeded players in the first and second round on Thursday, went down 2-11, 8-11, 6-11 to second seed Mohd Syafiq Kamal.
National player Syafiq will meet fourth seed Tang Ming Hong of Hong Kong in the semi-finals.
The other semi-final is between top seed Aditya Jagtap of India and third seed Addeen Idrakie of Malaysia.