Mis­takes cost Nafi­izwan a berth in London

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AN er­ror-prone Nafi­izwan Adnan was de­nied a place in his first PSA Tour fi­nal of the year after tum­bling out of the Wim­ble­don Club Open in the semi-fi­nals in London on Thurs­day.

Na­tional No 1 Nafi­izwan, seeded sec­ond, could not cap­i­talise on a bright start as he suc­cumbed 911, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6 to Eng­land’s third-seeded Tom Richards.

A to­tal of 19 un­forced er­rors put paid to Nafi­izwan’s hopes of reach­ing his first fi­nal since win­ning the Hong Kong Fooball Club In­ter­na­tional ti­tle in May last year.

World No 30 Nafi­izwan will have to get over the de­feat quickly as he at­tempts to qual­ify for the Bri­tish Open main draw when the qual­i­fy­ing rounds be­gin in Hull to­mor­row.

Mean­while, Nafi­izwan will lead a Malaysian team to a five-na­tion dou­bles tour­na­ment in Manch­ester at the end of the month.

Nafi­izwan will be paired with na­tional No 2 Ivan Yuen while world ju­nior cham­pion Ng Eain Yow part­ners Syafiq Kamal in an­other pair­ing for matches against Aus­tralia, Eng­land, Ire­land and Wales on Mar 28-29.

Squash Rac­quets As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia di­rec­tor of coach­ing Mej (rtd) S. Ma­niam said the play­ers re­quire ex­po­sure to dou­bles ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in Au­gust and the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games next year.

“Th­ese are the pairs we want to try out and in the long-term, for Nafi­izwan and Ivan to be look­ing at the Com­mon­wealth Games,” said Ma­niam.

At the World Dou­bles Cham­pi­onships in Dar­win last year, Nafi­izwan teamed up with Syafiq and nar­rowly missed out on the semi­fi­nals be­fore fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the clas­si­fi­ca­tion matches.

Ivan part­nered San­jay Singh Chal at the same tour­na­ment with the pair los­ing all four of their pool matches. Devinder Singh

Nafi­izwan Adnan

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