Sunday September 23, 2012
Locals fall in the singles qualifying round
KUALA LUMPUR: The local interest in the qualifying rounds of the Malaysian Open ATP 250 fizzled out after veteran Si Yew Ming fell to a crushing 6-0, 6-1 defeat to India’s Sanam Singh in the second qualifying round at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
The 33-year-old Yew Ming looked good early on after becoming the first Malaysian to win a match in the tournament’s history by beating compatriot Colin Wong 6-3, 6-1 in the first qualifying round.
But the lanky Yew Ming was outclassed by his Indian opponent.
“I tried my best but I just couldn’t match him at all as I couldn’t find my range from the baseline,” said Yew Ming.
Earlier, promising 17-year-old Mohd Assri Merzuki showed good potential to win a set against Philippines’ Treat Conrad Huey but his lack of experience eventually showed as he lost 2-6, 7-5, 2-6.
The other Malaysians in the fray – Ahmad Deedat Abdul Razak and Syed Agil Naguib – lost in the first and second round respectively.
Ariez Elyaas is now the sole surviving Malaysian in the singles event as the 19-year-old received a wildcard to compete in the main draw.