Wen Li downs second seed for PSA title


PETALING JAYA: Lai Wen Li claimed her second Professional Squash Association (PSA) title by winning the GWC Challenger in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The world No. 80 dug deep to overcome second seed Marie Stephan of France 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 in the final on Sunday.

It was the third seeded Sabahan’s second big scalp of the week.

Earlier, she downed top seed and world No. 70 Karina Tyma of Poland 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Wen Li beat fifth seed Alicia Mead of England 11-13, 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-9 to reach the last four.

She began her campaign with a 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 win over France’s Julia Le Coq in the first round.

For the 21-year-old Wen Li, it is her second PSA title since winning the Inspirenet International in New Zealand in 2019.

Wen Li relocated to the United States in February to study at Cornell University after putting on hold her plans for almost one year because of the Covid-19 situation.

She was runner-up in the Life Time City Centre International in Houston in June this year.

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