Our juniors march into second round of world meet

PETALING JAYA: C. Ameeshanraj, Harith Daniel Jefri and Hi Jia Rong survived the first test at the World Junior Squash Championships as they stormed into the second round in Nancy, France yesterday.

Ameeshanraj, the British Junior Under-17 champion in 2019, defeated Nathan Masset of Belgium 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 in the first round.

Prior to the World Junior Championships, the Seremban-born Ameeshanraj reached the semi-finals of the British Junior Open in Nottingham last month.

“Ameeshanraj played well to win in three games. Harith and Jia Rong have also advanced to the second,” said national assistant head coach Andrew Cross.

“There are a lot of good players from different countries this time. It’s very hard to say how well our boys will fare. We will have to take one match at a time.”

Harith, 16, also had a 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 win over Archie Turnbull of Wales in the opening round.

Jia Rong, however, was pushed to the limit by Dimitriy Scherbakov of Ukraine before the Malaysian prevailed with a 11-13, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7 win.

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