Xin Ying needs extra zing to overcome defending champion Aira


  • Squash
  • Sunday, 14 Jul 2019

On a roll: Yee Xin Ying (right) finished as the Under-17 runner-up in the Asian Junior Championships two weeks ago.

PETALING JAYA: Yee Xin Ying aims to go one step better in the Penang Junior Open (PJO) after powering her way to the girls’ Under-17 final in Jelutong.

The 15-year-old pulled off a convincing 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 win over Teoh Liyen in the semi-finals at the Nicol David International Squash Centre yesterday.

Just two weeks ago, she finished as the Under-17 runner-up in the Asian Junior Championships.

The second seed faces a difficult task to end her run with a title as standing in her way is defending champion Aira Azman in the final.

Top seed Aira slogged before winning 11-7, 11-8, 12-14, 9-11, 11-7 against Wong Heng Wai in another semi-final match.

“I’m excited to reach another final. All my hard work is paying off,” said Xin Ying.

“I’m quite anxious as the real test for me is against Aira. She is a good player.”

But one should not rule Xin Ying out as she has upset a higher ranked player before when she beat Jessica Keng in the semi-finals of the Asian Junior Championships before losing to Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk in the final.

 

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

(Malaysians unless stated)? BoysUnder-19: Siow Yee Xian bt Kerwin Teh 11-6, 11-7, 11-5; Danial Nurhaqiem bt Darryl Gan 11-9, 11-4, 11-8.

Under-17: Amir Amirul Azhar bt Andrik Lim 11-4, 11-6, 11-8; C. Ameeshenraj bt Ishant Shah Atul Kumar 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10.

Under-15: Joachim Chuah bt Huzaifa Ibrahim (Pak) 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5; Harith Danial Jefri bt Nathan Shuyou (Hkg) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

Under-13: Low Wa Sern bt Wong Lee Hong 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5; M. Nickhileswar bt Abdullah Nawaz (Pak) 11-4, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8.

Under-11: Aqil Mirza Naim bt Isaac Wong (Hkg) 11-4, 11-2, 11-5; Ivan Chang bt Jayden Oon 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 13-11.

? GirlsUnder-19: M. Kiroshanna bt Amirah Rusydina Rosli 11-8, 11-4, 11-8; Chan Sin Yuk (Hkg) bt Adele Fung (Hkg) 11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8.

Under-17: Aira Azman bt Wong Heng Wai 11-7, 11-8, 12-14, 9-11, 11-7; Yee Xin Ying bt Teoh Liyen 11-5, 11-5, 11-9.

Under-15: Mariko Tam (Hkg) bt J. Yasshmita 11-9, 11-7, 11-9; Goh Zhi Xuan bt Chen Yu Jie 11-5, 11-7, 11-8.

Under-13: C. Sashmini bt Whitney Isabelle Wilson 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 12-14, 11-9; Anrie Goh bt Ena Kwong (Hkg) 11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10.

Under-11: Harleein Tan bt Vinosagi Monn 11-4, 11-6, 11-8; Agatha Cheng bt Elaine Chung (Hkg) 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

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