Ahmad Deedat's challenge fizzles out in Malaysian Open qualifiers


KUALA LUMPUR: Ahmad Deedat Abdul Razak gave a good account of himself before going down to world No. 150 Michal Przysiezny in the second qualifying round of the Malaysian Open tennis tournament.

The 20-year-old Ahmad Deedat, who pulled off an impressive win in Saturday’s first round by beating Australian Zach Itzstein, lost 6-1, 6-1 to Poland’s Przysiezny at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

Ahmad Deedat, who trains under his father Abdul Razak Mohd Yusoff, can stand tall despite the loss.

He is only the second Malaysian to have beaten a foreign player in the Malaysian Open after Mohd Ashaari Zainal’s feat in 2013.

And the youngster from Damansara is hoping to build on this performance to boost his budding career.

“I felt confident after my first-round win and I thought I was ready ...,” admitted Ahmad Deedat.

“But this match showed me that I’m just not ready physically and technically ... the pace of the match was just too fast for me to handle.

“I know now what I need to do to improve.”

Ahmad Deedat’s defeat also means that Malaysia’s challenge in the singles is over.

Malaysia, though, will have Mohd Assri Merzuki-Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib in action in the doubles on Monday. 

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