Kah Yan plans to settle the score with top seed Vanessa

  • Squash
  • Saturday, 02 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: National junior squash player Ooi Kah Yan (pic) is going out for revenge at the Queensland Open in Brisbane this weekend.

The 18-year-old is eyeing a place in the final and a rematch against Hong Kong’s top seed Vanessa Chu.

Kah Yan still can’t forget her 4-11, 12-10, 6-11, 2-11 defeat to the world No. 49 in the semi-final of the North Coast Open in Australia in August.

Kah Yan is now feeling optimistic about settling the score should they meet again.

“My aim is to get into the final and play much better against Vanessa than I did the last time,” said Kah Yan.

“I have been working hard on my mental strength during crunch points and also on game strategy these days.

“So I feel much better and I hope to give her a much tougher challenge.”

In the opening round yesterday, Kah Yan defeated South Korean Heo Ming-yeong 11-4, 11-7, 14-12.

Teammate Yee Xin Ying also progressed with a comfortable 11-4, 11-7, 11-4 win over Thailand’s Anantana Prasertratanakulin.

Meanwhile in the men’s draw, Darren Rahul Pragasam, Ong Sai Hung and Bryan Lim all advanced into the quarter-finals.


(Malaysians only unless stated)First round

Men: Ryan Pasqual bt Andrew Pringle (Aus) 11-3; 11-5; 13-11.

Women: Ooi Kah Yan bt Heo Ming-yeong (Kor) 11-4, 11-7, 14-12; Yee Xin Ying bt Anantana Prasertratanakul (Tha) 11-4, 11-7, 11-4.

Second roundMen: Bryan Lim bt Ryan Pasqual 11-5, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10; Ong Sai Hung bt Nicholass Calvert (Aus) 119, 11-9, 3-11, 11-5; Darren Rahul Pragasam bt Ko Young-jo (Kor) 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.

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