PETALING JAYA: Ooi Kah Yan and Aifa Azman served a stunner by knocking out the favourites to advance to the SRAM PSA 1 women’s final.
The 21-year-old Kah Yan pulled off the biggest upset when she defeated top seed Low Wee Wern 2-11,11-9,11-4,2-11,11-7 in 37 minutes in the semi-finals at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
It was Kah Yan’s first win over the world No. 24 in four meetings and her first appearance in the US$10,000 (RM41,360) professional tournament.
“It’s my third year in the national team and this is my biggest win. I’ve never beaten Wee Wern before, ” beamed the fourth seeded Kah Yan, who is ranked 77th in the world.
“Wee Wern is not an easy opponent as she is really good and highly experienced but today I was able to stick to my game plan.”
However, it looked like it was game over for Kah Yan when she lost the opener 2-11 but the full-time trainee, who last won a lower-ranked pro title in Australia in 2019, dug deep to oust her 30-year-old opponent.
“I must thank my coach (Andrew Cross) for the guidance over the years, ” added Kah Yan, who will take on third seed Aifa.
The 20-year-old Aifa was also in her element as she fought hard to beat second seed Rachel Arnold 10-12,7-11,14-12,11-8,11-9 in a 55-minute encounter.
“I hope to replicate my form against Kah Yan tomorrow (today), ” she added.
In men’s competition, Addeen Idrakie came close to upsetting the form book as he went down fighting 10-12,15-13,11-9,9-11,5-11 to top seed Ivan Yuen for 85 minutes.
Ivan takes on second seed Mohd Syafiq Mohd Kamal who swept aside Elvinn Keo 11-7,11-9,11-4.