KL Junior Open Day THREE
Andrew Cross reports
The REDtone KL Junior open day three saw the quarter final line up decided, in the Girls under 17s all the seeded players made it through to the quarter final line up. Tomorrow there should be some tough matches and I am looking forward to see Thanussa Uthrian and Yashmitta Kumar.
In the Girls under 15s Anrie Goh remains on course for the title but it will be tough from here on in, tomorrow Anrie will face Kedah team mate Choo Yi Jie after she defeated 5/8 seed Ling Au Yu in three games.
Some big upsets in the boys under 19s as Hafiz Zhafri took out top seed Ishant Shah in five tough games. Hafiz won the first and the third game before being pegged back twice by Ishant. Hafiz had a big lead in the fifth game which he didn’t let go. Hafiz will play Joachim Chuah tomorrow who needed five games to see off team mate Syed Kashef Syed Kebir.
Another upset saw Wee Ming Hock beat 3/4 seed To Wai Lok in four games. Ming Hock’s opponent in the quarter final will be Iranian Sepehr Etemadpour who beat Korean Hoje Ryu in three games. Joshua Van Der Wath continued his giant killing spell beating second seed Kerwin Teh in five games.
In the boys under 17s Shauqi Halim and Lee Yi Guan will face off tomorrow in the quarter finals after both continued their fine form, Shauqi beat Singaporean Josiah Ngiap Yen Chong in four games with Yi Guan beat Ahmed Aiman in three games.
Andrew Cross reports
The REDtone KL Junior Open day two saw every age group in action and some upsets along the way.
In the boys u17 Shauqi Halim caused the biggest upset of the day when he beat Aiden Yunus the 3/4 seed in three games. Shauqi will play Josiah Ngiap Yen Chong from Singapore after he defeated Iranian Danial Hossien Zadeh Komsari in three games.
Also in the boys under 17s Lee Yi Guan beat 5/8 seed Caleb Lau in three very tight games, the first two games 15-13 and the third set 11-9. Another 5/8 set also lost out when Samuel Lau from Singapore was beaten in five tight games by Kugendran Magesvaran in five games.
In the boys under 19s event Iranian Sepehr Etemadpour beat Loshmaan Veerakumar in three games to cause one upset in the boys under 19 event.
In the another upset Joshua Van Der Wath from South Africa beat Korean Dong-Hyun Ji in four games. Joshua’s reward is a match with second seed Kerwin Teh in the last 16.
In the final upset of the boys under 19s Syed Kashef Syed Kebir beat Wa- Tze Low in three games and takes on teammate Joachim Chuah tomorrow.
Tomorrow the tournament moves to the last 16 matches with some juicy match ups.
Andrew Cross reports
Day one of the REDtone KL Junior Open got underway today with 11 of the 12 age groups commencing. Some of the larger age groups those that had 128 draws had two matches and yet in the age groups played today there were only a handful of seeds that were beaten. Matches began sharp at 8.30am and continued throughout the whole day into the Evening.
On the opening day there was only a couple of 9/16 seeds beaten which meant the majority of the tournament followed the seedings.
In the Girls under 15s Sheryl Su Yen Lee beat Shalini Murges in four games. In the Girls under 13s Sharifah Nurin Qistina Syed Ahmed Shobaudin beat American Migyu kim in four games. Having lost the opening game a tight 11-9 Sharifah stormed back to win the next three games.
In the boys under 15s Isaac George Varughese Vivek beat Japans Kento Ito in four games and in the under 11s Danial Peter Rames beat Korean Seo Youl Jun in three games.
We look forward to another day of squash tomorrow.
The ever-popular KL Junior Open takes place in the Malaysian capital from 3th to 8th December.
Preview from Andrew Cross :
The Redtone KL Junior Open is set to start next week with 860 players representing 19 countries due to participate in 12 age groups (Under 9 to Under 19). That is an increase of 122 players from 2018 and yet again this will be the biggest event in Asia for 2019 and the second biggest in the world.
The National Squash Centre and the squash Centre in Jalan Duta will once again host a full week of competitive squash. The final day will see all the matches at Bukit Jalil with a majority of the finals being played on the spectacular glass court. The additional benefit this year is that the glass court will be in use from round one for the under 19s.
Ishant Shah from Penang will be top seed for the boys under 19 title with a strong challenge expected from local and overseas players. Kerwin Teh, To Wai Lok (HK) and Jared Michal Nalliah will look to make the title challenge hard.
Local girl Ainaa Ampandi will look to win the girls under 19 title after her amazing performances during the World Juniors. Ainaa will face a tough challenge from Amirah Rusydina, Jessica Keng and Aira Azman.
Reigning British Junior Open champion Ameeshenraj Chandaran will look to add the under 17 title to his collection, facing a tough challenge from second seed Hi Jia Rong.