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Sabah’s Sukma squash team looks solid

8th August, 2018

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: The preparation of Sabah’s Sukma Games squash team looked solid after bringing home a baggage of impressive results from their Hong Kong Junior Squash Open, last Sunday, at the Hong Kong Squash Centre.

The top performer was none other than Sabah’s squash princess, Jessica Keng Jia Hui who managed to finish a respectable second in the Girl’s Under-17 main draw category.

Second seeded Jessica played the final match brilliantly against top seed hometown favourite, Chan Sin Yuk who closed out the tie in five sets, 11-13, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 to win in front of the home supporters.

Boy’s Under-19 player, Kayden Liaw Juin Wuen missed out on a podium finish as he could only settle for fourth place in the Classic Plate event after losing out to eventual winner, Janson Chu Jan Hoi from Hong Kong.

His fellow Under-19 teammate, Nicholas Tan Zheng Xin also finished in the last four after being beaten by another eventual winner of the Special Plate event, Matsumoto Kota of Japan.

Two other state juniors also took part in the Asian Junior Super Series platinum event namely Bukit Jalil Sports School student, Yee Xin Ying who finished seventh in the Girl’s Under-15 main draw.

Lastly, Adam Mohd Amrie Goh posted an impressive quarter-final finish in the Boy’s Under-17 Special Plate event after being knocked out by Korea’s Yu Jeong Min.

Sabah Squash Association (SSA) President, Keng Chuan Seng when contacted, recently said that Sabah’s preparation for the Sukma Games looked promising as they aimed to contribute medals.

“Including the five players that went to Hong Kong, we have also included Mohd Farez Izwan Mohd Mukhtar, Duncan Lee, Natasha Chin and Lai Wen Li to the Sukma Games team.

“Judging from the players’ results recently, we might need several more improvements here and there to ensure our medal prospect stays high,” he said.

Keng added that some of the juniors will take part in this week’s second leg of the CIMB National Junior Circuit which will be played at Ipoh, Perak.

“Hopefully the competing junior players will bring home another positive result as we prepare for the upcoming Sukma Games at Ipoh, Perak next month,” he said.

   
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