Hafiz first partnered Aira Azman to play in the mixed doubles final at 10 in the morning. The Kedah pair lived up to their billing with a hard-fought 11-9, 11-9 win over second seed Sunil Kumar-Vharsha Mihtraa of Selangor.
Four hours later, Hafiz took to the court in the men’s doubles final with partner Darryl Goh. The second seeded pair put up a good fight before going down to top seeds Kerwin Teh-Sunil Kumar of Selangor 9-11, 11-10, 7-11 in the final.
The 18-year-old Hafiz from Alor Setar was delighted with his efforts despite having to play two finals in a space of four hours.
“This is the first time I played in two events in the SportExcel and I came close to bagging both titles.
“I was confident that we would win the mixed doubles title as we also won the first leg in the same venue in September. Although Aira is only 15, she is such a good player who is fast with her shots,” said Hafiz.
“After winning the mixed doubles, I was fired up to win the second title in the doubles but it was just unfortunate that we made silly errors in the deciding match.“I will now focus on the KL International tournament, which begins tomorrow at the same venue. It will be my last tournament at junior level as I will be focusing on Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournaments from next year,” said Hafiz, who is seeded joint ninth-16th seed in the boys’ individual event of the KL International meet.
Men’s doubles: Kerwin Teh-Sunil Kumar (Sel) bt Darryl Goh-Hafiz Zhafri Abdul Harif (Ked) 11-9, 10-11, 11-7.
Women’s doubles: N. Shashmithaa-Vharsha Mihtraa (Sel) bt Doyce Lee-Jessica Keng (Sab) 11-9, 11-5.
Mixed doubles: Hafiz Zhafri-Aira Azman (Ked) bt Sunil Kumar-Vharsha Mihtraa (Sel) 11-9, 11-9.
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