Junior squash players need to step it up

The agile Selangor lad showed promise in making the semi-finals of the Queensland Open and the quarter-finals of the Caboolture and Mackay Opens in Australia last month.

The 2012 Sukma (Malaysia Games) champion is seeded sixth and will face a qualifier in the first round. A win should pit him against Pakistan’s Muhammad Yasir Khan in the second round.

Another youngster who will be eager to make a good impression is Sarawakian Sanjay Singh Chal.

Sanjay, also 19, was not given the green light to compete in Australia last month. He will be looking for opportunities to move up from his current ranking of 186 in the world.

The fifth seed, who won the mixed doubles title with Delia Arnold at last week’s National Doubles Championships, will also meet a qualifier in the first round. If he wins, his second round opponent is likely to be Egypt’s Shehab Essam Hosny.

Three other Malaysians - Valentino Bong, Gurshan Singh and Mohd Hannan Tarmidi – will also play in the main draw. Hannan has the toughest job, taking on top seed Greg Lobban of Scotland in the first round.

In the qualifying rounds, which also start Tuesday, a host of national juniors – Mohd Amir Farhan, Ng Eain Yow, R. Yovineshan, Mohd Farez Izwan, Mohd Aqif Ampandi, Marcus Sim, Ong Sai Hung and Samuel Chan – will also be looking to gain exposure from competing in a Professional Squash Association (PSA) event.



*** Sumber dari The Star


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