Adam survives tricky hurdle in his opening match

KUALA LUMPUR: National back-up player Adam Agan Aziz cleared a tricky first-round test at the National Squash Championships.

The 19-year-old battled for more than an hour to overcome Andrew Lee 11-3, 8-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7 at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The Melaka-born Adam, who trains full-time while waiting to enrol at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, won the first game 11-3.

The 24-year-old Andrew, a former KL state player and Sukma gold medallist who spent the last four years playing college squash in the United States, however, fought bravely to force a deciding rubber.

Adam eventually prevailed after 74 minutes and his reward is a second-round clash with teammate and joint fifth-eighth seed Ong Sai Hung, who received a first-round bye.

“I was definitely a little nervous since all of us have not played competitive squash in six months,” said Adam.

“I was definitely a little shaky even though I started really well. But I used too much energy in the first game, forgetting that there were more games to come and I got slower in the second and third and also made mistakes.”

The top four seeds in the men’s section and the women’s premier division will take to the court today.

Ivan Yuen and Low Wee Wern are the top seeds for the men and women respectively.

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