Sunday August 12, 2012
Farez steps up a gear
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: Former Asian Junior champion Mohd Farez Izwan stepped up a gear to book a place in the Under-15 final of the Hong Kong Junior Open squash tournament but it was all over for national junior champion Mohd Addeen Idrakie in the Under-19 category.
The 14-year-old Farez won the Asian Under-13 title last year against Jordanís Mohammad Alsarraj Ė his semi-final opponent yesterday Ė but has not had any significant results since.
However, the joint third-fourth seeded Sabahan was in fine form as he resisted a stiff challenge from Alsarraj to win 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 at the Cornwall St Park Squash Centre. He will take on second seed Ng Ka Yiu of Hong Kong for the title.
ďItís a fantastic result for me because Alsarraj is a good player and itís never easy playing him,Ē said Farez in a text message.
ďBut I was fully focused on my game and he made quite a few errors too and it gave me the advantage.
ďAs for the final, Iíve played against Ka Yiu once and won. Iím feeling confident and prepared for the final.Ē
While there was joy for Farez, there was only despair for Addeen. Despite a stirring fightback in the Under-19 semi-final against Yip Tsz Fung, he still fell 5-11, 13-15, 11-9, 11-9, 5-11.
Second seed Tsz Fung will face the top ranked Ahmad Alsaraj of Jordan for the Under-19 title.
Malaysia, however, will also have a shot at the boysí Under-17 and Under-13 titles as both Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Jesse Foo won their respective semi-finals.
Top seed Syafiq was too strong for compatriot and Asian Junior champion Ng Eain Yow, winning 13-11, 12-10, 11-9 and will face Hong Kongís Yuen Tsun Hei for the title.
Meanwhile, Jesse barely broke a sweat in dispatching Indiaís Dev Vazirani, prevailing 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 to set up a showdown against top seed Hammas Tarar of Pakistan.
In the girlsí section, Penangís Vanessa Raj overcame arch nemesis Choi Uen Shan of Hong Kong 11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 4-11, 11-9 in the Under-17 semi-final and will take on another local hopeful Pansy Chan in the final.
The girlsí Under-15 final will be an all-Malaysian affair between rising star S. Sivasangari and Andrea Lee.
Asian Junior champion Sivasagari was made to slog by Japanís Satomi Watanabe before winning 8-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 while Andrea cruised past Hong Kongís Ho Ka Wing 13-11, 12-10, 11-8.
Malaysia will also have a representative in the Under-13 final after Ma Si Yi beat team-mate Ooi Kah Yan 8-11, 11-6, 14-12, 13-11 in the last four.
She will take on local girl Cheng Nga Ching, who defeated compatriot Chan Siu Ting 14-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, in todayís final.