PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s fabulous five stole the show on the final day of the Asian
Junior Individual Squash Championships in Macau.
Nathan Kueh, who was struggling with diarrhoea, managed to overcome India’s Neel Joshi 5-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8 in the Under-17 final yesterday.
In the Under-19 final, Chan Yiwen created an upset when she downed compatriot and top-ranked national junior Aifa Azman 7-11, 11-8, 13-11, 19-11, 12-10 to retain her title.
The other gold medallists were Aira Azman (girls’ Under-15), Wong Lee Hong (boys’ Under-13), and Anrie Goh (girls’ Under-13).
“There couldn’t have been a better way for me to end my time at the Asian Juniors than to win it two years in a row,” said Yiwen.
“It was a very close match but I managed to stay calm and keep going.”
Aira also extended her winning streak with a fourth title at the AJC. She defended her Under-15 title which she won last year to add to her two Under-13 titles in 2016 and 2017.
“I was confident of winning at the start but after spraining my ankle in the quarter-finals, I had my doubts. But I just kept playing and I have to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their constant support.”
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam hailed the performance of the eight Malaysian finalists but set aside Nathan for special mention.
“Many times it looked like Nathan would have thrown in the towel, holding his stomach and struggling with tiredness but his never-say-die attitude pulled him through,” said Maniam.
“He played outstanding squash which was unbelievable due to his ailment. His drop shots also caught his opponent off guard over and over again.”