Major S Maniam reports
The real excitement started today. Some were 2nd round matches whilst others were at the quarterfinals stage. As one would expect in junior tournaments, there were a number of upsets. However the top 4 seeds in all categories sailed through at the El-Hussein International Squash Centre in the Al-Hussein Sport City.
Boys Under 19-Quarter finals tomorrow
The top seed and home favourite Ahmad Al Sarraj kept the home crowd happy as he beat Korean Young Ko-Jo, 3-1 and plays Bilal Zakir (Pak) in the quarters. The second seed Syed Ali Bokhari beat Holpitige Ravindu (SL) and will take on Nizar Saleh the 5-8 seed from Kuwait who came from 2 games down to outwit and outlast another Pakistani Ahmad Fareed in 60 mins. There was a minor upset in an earlier match when Ma Tsz Hei the 5-8 seed and this year’s Malaysian open winner was outlasted by the 9-16 seed Deepak Mishra of India in a grueling 89 min match. Deepak plays 3-4 seed and compatriot Kush Kumar in tomorrows Quarters.
Girls Under 19 – Quarter finals tomorrow
Defending champion Anaka Alankamony of India dropped a game on her way to victory against a determined Mi-Jin Kim (Korea) whilst the second seed Ho Ka Po of Hong Kong overcame Naduni Gunawardene (Sri Lanka) in the 2nd round fairly easily. Anaka plays Malaysian no.1 Rachael Arnold in the quarters tomorrow, whilst Ho Ka Po takes on Lakshya Ragavendran (Ind)
Boys Under 17 – Quarter finals tomorrow
Malaysia’s top seed Mohd. Syafiq Kamal beat Brandon Tan (S’pore) in a fairly easy match and in the quarters takes on 5-8 seed V.Senthilkumar (Ind) . The 2nd seed from Malaysia Eain Yeow a two-time British Junior Open Champion (U13 and U15) was a little rattled when he lost the first game against Indian Mudit Pant (9/16 seed) in the 2nd round. However he regained his composure to secure a convincing win and will take on Sandeep Ramachandran (Ind) in tomorrow’s quarters.
Girls Under 17 – semi finals on the 28th
Top seed Choi Uen Shan of Hong Kong overcame Iranian Sogol Samoodi (5/8 seed) and will play M.Methsarani the number 1 and fast improving Sri Lankan in the semis. In the other semi finals Harshit Kaur (Ind) the 2nd seed beat Hong Kong’s Lam Wing Hei the 5/8 seed in the quarters – 3-1 and will play Malaysian Hanis Razak whom she beat in the finals of the Malaysian open last month. A return match is on the cards. It’s rest day tomorrow for this category.
Boys Under 15– semi finals on the 28th
Malaysian Mohd. Izwan the top seed cruised into the semis to play Robin Maan the 3-4 seed from India who overcame the 5-8 seeded Chu Kwok Kee (HK) in a hard fought match. Meanwhile 2nd seed Jordanian Mohd Alsarraj beat 5-8 seed Ali Reza Shameli (Irn) in an interesting tussle. Unexpectedly he was one game down and the hosts were momentarily shocked. By the 2nd game the gallery filled out and the cheering decibel increased to completely rattle Ali who although gave everything he had, was unable to create the upset. Alsarraj moves into the semis to meet Ranjit Singh (Ind) who outran Sai Hung Ong (5-8) of Malaysia in 4 very hard fought games. Sai gave away the last few points in the 4th as he could not run anymore. It’s rest day tomorrow for this category.
Girls Under 15– semi finals on the 28th
Three Malaysians make it to the semis in this category. Top seed Sivasangari (Mal) defeated Satomi Watanabe (Jap) the 5-8 seed in a closely fought 4 games, and plays her compatriot Foo Yuk Han in the semis. 2nd seed Andrea Jia of Malaysia beat Indian Aishwarya Bhattacharya (5-8 seed) in the quarters and plays Ho Ka Wing (HK) in the semi finals. It’s rest day tomorrow for this category.
Boys Under 13– semi finals on the 28th
In the quarter finals No.1 seed Mohd Zhafri (Mal) had to push to the limit today to beat the unseeded Druvinka Perera (SL) in a very close 5 setter. Both players displayed a wide array of shots, which had the audience in awe. He takes on the flamboyant Saksham Choudhary who upset the higher ranked country man Tushar Shahani in a close 5 setter. The 2nd seed Veer Chotrani (Ind) who beat beat countryman Rahul Baitha 3-1 will play Yee Xian Siow (Mal) in the other semis. It’s rest day tomorrow for this category.
Girls Under 13– semi finals on the 28th
Its an internal affair for the semis of this category. Top seed Aifa Azman (Mal) plays compatriot Kah Yan Ooi (3-4 seed)in the semi finals whilst 2nd seed Lui Hui Lam (HK) will meet her compatriot Chan Siu Ting in the other semi finals. It’s rest day tomorrow for this category.
S.Maniam, Technical Delegate
It will be only half day of play tomorrow as the children will all be taken to the dead sea to see if they will sink.