Kah Yan one step away from winning maiden title


  • Squash
  • Sunday, 10 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: National squash player Ooi Kah Yan is one match away from claiming her first career professional title at the Cairns Open in Australia.

The 18-year-old stepped into the final after a hard-fought straight sets 11-7,11-9,11-7 win against her junior national teammate Yee Xin Ying in the semi-finals yesterday.

It was a tricky battle for Kah Yan as the 16-year-old Xin Ying stunned top seed and world No. 50 Vanessa Chu of Hong Kong 11-3,11-9,5-11,11-7 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

It was a big win for Xin Ying as Vanessa is nine years older. Kah Yan earlier lost to Vanessa 4-11,12-10,6-11,2-11 in the final four of the North Coast Open in Australia in August.

“I really didn’t expect to get into the finals again, so this is exciting for me, ” said Kah Yan.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to play Xin Ying as she has been playing really well recently. She has also been getting a lot of good wins besides the one against Vanessa.”

“But I put it all out of my mind during the match and just played my game on the court and it paid off. Being more senior than her also gave me an upper hand and I took advantage of that.”

Now that Kah Yan has entered her second Professional Squash Association (PSA) final, she will be hoping for a different result than the SRAM PSA 2 final in April.

The Malaysian lost to Japanese world No. 60 Satomi Watanabe in the final then. She faces another tricky match against Yura Choe of South Korea in the final today.

Yura upset second seed Jessica Turnbull of Australia 11-9,11-7,11-7 in the opening round.

In the men’s draw, Addeen Idrakie lost 8-11,11-7,8-11,8-11 to Hong Kong’s third seed Chi Him Wong in the semi-final.

The loss will come as a disappointment as Addeen was seeded second.

The other men’s players Amir Amirul Azhar, Bryan Lim, Ryan Pasqual, Ong Sai Hung, Darren Rahul Pragasam, Hafiz Zhafri fell in the earlier rounds.

RESULTS

SEMI-FINALS

Men: Chi Him Wong (Hkg) bt Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 11-8,7-11,11-8,11-8; Evan Williams (Nzl) bt Naoki Hayashi (Jpn) 11-8,7-11,11-6,11-5.

Women: Ooi Kah Yan (Mas) bt Yee Xin Ying (Mas) 11-7,11-9,11-7; Yura Choe (Kor) bt Sachika Balvani (Ind) 14-12,11-2,11-8.

Men: Chi Him Wong (Hkg) bt Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 11-8,7-11,11-8,11-8; Evan Williams (Nzl) bt Naoki Hayashi (Jpn) 11-8,7-11,11-6,11-5.

Women: Ooi Kah Yan (Mas) bt Yee Xin Ying (Mas) 11-7,11-9,11-7; Yura Choe (Kor) bt Sachika Balvani (Ind) 14-12,11-2,11-8.

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