KUALA LUMPUR – Five Malaysian players marched into the quarterfinals of the 2016 Asian Junior Individual Championships (AJIC) at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, here today.
Top seed Ng Eain Yow and Ong Sai Hung moved into the men’s Under-19 category competition after defeating their respective opponents while S. Sivasangari, Zoe Foo Yuk and Andrea Lee moved in the women’s Under-19 category.
Eain Yow strolled past his opponent Aryaman Adik from India in straight sets, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 in just 23 minutes while Sai Hung, the 8th seed, had to dig deep into his reserves to beat 9th seed Linclon Chan Wui Ki from Hong Kong, 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 in four sets.
“I was a little nervous when the match started since I had received a bye yesterday and did not play while Aryaman had seen action and knew what to expect on court,” said Eain Yow when met by reporters after the match.
Eain Yow is scheduled to meet fifth seed Abhay Singh from India and Sai Hung faces fourth seed Mohammad Al-Sarraj from Jordan, tomorrow.
In the women’s U-19 category, Sivasangari who is the top seed, defeated Ghazal Sharafpour from Iran, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 in straight sets to set up a quarterfinal clash against Sunayna Kuruvilla from India.
Zoe Foo takes on Akanksha Salunke from India and Andrea Lee will face Ho Ka Wing from Hong Kong.
The five-day championships which also includes the U-15 and U-13 categories features 184 players from 12 countries, including 48 from Malaysia as host.
Apart from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Macau, Qatar, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Jordan and Sri Lanka have sent their players for the championships that started today.
Meanwhile, three other Malaysians in the competition, namely Marcus Sim, Muhammad Ezzri Nazri and Mohd Farez Izwan who competed in the men’s U-19 category lost their respective matches. – BERNAMA