Thursday October 4, 2012
Kam Hing makes main draw despite setbacks
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: Choong Kam Hing is still feeling despondent after being dropped from the national squash back-up squad in June.
The 23-year-old Perak-born player, who has been in the back-up squad for the last four years, was axed for failing to break into top-100 in the world rankings.
But Kam Hing, who is ranked 123rd in the world, said he would not let his frustration stop him from fighting his way back into the back-up squad.
“Although I have no sponsors or funds since being dropped from the squad, I won’t let it hamper me from giving my best in competitions,” he said, adding that he knows he has to break into top-100 to regain his place in the back-up squad.
“I will have to get cracking in competitions from now on,” said Kam Hing, who has only won one professional event – the NSC Series tournament in 2010 – since turning pro four years ago.
Kam Hing featured in the qualifying rounds of the Royal Lake Club PSA Challenger 10 tournament yesterday and qualified into the main draw by coming back from the set down to beat training partner Sanjay Singh Chal 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 in the second round of the qualifier.
Kam Hing faces a tough task in the main draw as he will be up against national No. 3 and world No. 69 Mohd Asyraf Azan, who is still on a high after winning the Japan Pro Kansai tournament on Tuesday.
Qualifying second round: Nathan Lake (Eng) bt Bart Ravelli (Hol) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3; Choong Kam Hing (Mas) bt Sanjay Singh Chal (Mas) 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10; Khawaja Adil Maqbool (Pak) bt James Huang (Tpe) 11- 8, 13-11, 8-11, 7-11, 12-10; Ravi Dixit (Ind) bt Abiq Hanif (Pak) 5-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-9, 11-9.