Syafiq faces compatriot Ivan for last-eight spot

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia are assured of at least one representative in the last eight of the men’s singles in the Squash on Fire tournament in Washington.

Mohd Syafiq Kamal cleared his first round hurdle after beating wild card Karan Malik of India 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 and will take on fifth seed and Malaysian teammate Ivan Yuen for a place in the last eight.

Addeen Idrakie also safely negotiated his first round hurdle by beating Faraz Khan of United States 11-9, 11-3, 11-2.

Addeen will take on another American player Shahjahan Khan in the second round.

In the women’s competition, national No. 3 Rachel Arnold downed teammate Lai Wen Li 11-3, 16-14, 11-6 and will take on third seed Olivia Fiechter of US for a place in the last eight.

National No. 1 Low Wee Wern and S. Sivasangari received first round byes and are up against English rivals next.

Wee Wern and Sivasangari meets Lucy Beecroft and Georgina Kennedy respectively.

The national squash players are playing in their first international competition after more than a year since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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