Bril­liant week for Yee Xian

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SIOW Yee Xian had a week he will not for­get as he un­der­lined his sta­tus as the coun­try’s top school­boy by com­plet­ing a dou­ble at the Malaysian Schools Squash Cham­pi­onships in Pe­tal­ing Jaya yes­ter­day.

Af­ter win­ning the Un­der-18 in­di­vid­ual ti­tle, Yee Xian led Malacca to the team gold as well by beat­ing Se­lan­gor 2-0 in the fi­nal, just a day af­ter an up­set of favourites Kuala Lumpur in the semi-fi­nals.

With Yee Xian also hav­ing won the Na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships Un­der-17 ti­tle ear­lier this month, it has been a whirl­wind month for the Bukit Jalil Sports School stu­dent.

“It has been a re­ally good week af­ter win­ning both events for the first time since I started play­ing in the na­tional schools tour­na­ment,” Yee Xian told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“I am very happy with this achieve­ment and it gives me more con­fi­dence to aim for big­ger hon­ours.”

Yee Xian, who won the Asian Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships Un­der-15 ti­tle in 2015, de­feated KL’s Danial Nurhaqiem Shahrul Izham 11-13, 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 in the in­di­vid­ual fi­nal at the SMK (L) Bukit Bin­tang courts on Tues­day.

Yes­ter­day, a gru­elling fiveg­ame win over Su­nil Ku­mar paved the way for Malacca to beat Se­lan­gor to the team ti­tle.

Now, Yee Xian hopes to make the fi­nal squad for the both the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in New Zealand in July and the Asian Ju­nior In­di­vid­ual Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust.

“The selec­tion has not been made yet but I am hope­ful of mak­ing the cut for both events,” said Yee Xian, whose chances will have been boosted by his re­cent suc­cess.

Among those also vy­ing for a place in the two tour­na­ments are na­tional Un­der-19 cham­pion Dar­ren Rahul Pra­gasam, Hafiz Zhafri Harif and Danial.

Kedah claimed two in­di­vid­ual ti­tles, one less than in 2016, through Aifa Az­man and K. Se­hveetr­raa in the girls’ Un­der-18 and Un­der-12 events re­spec­tively.

Aifa moved up to the Un­der-18 cat­e­gory af­ter win­ning the Un­der-15 ti­tle last year and de­feated Chan Yi­wen of Kuala Lumpur 11-3, 4-11, 11-7, 2-0 (rtd) while Se­hveetr­raa de­feated U. Thanushaa of Malacca 11-5, 11-2, 11-3.

Ke­lan­tan’s Amir Amirul Azhar re­cov­ered from blow­ing a twogame lead to down Sarawak’s Nathan Kueh Tze Bing 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 5-11, 11-2 for the boys’ Un­der-15 ti­tle and com­plete a dou­ble af­ter his tri­umph at the Na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships two weeks ago.

Se­lan­gor ’s Tay Jun Qian de­feated Harith Danial Je­fri of Sarawak 7-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 to win the boys’ Un­der-12 fi­nal as Sabah’s Jes­sica Keng lifted the girls’ Un­der-15 crown with an 11-3, 11-9, 18-16 win over Low Jia Hui of Kedah. Devin­der Singh

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