Fayyad go­ing far this year

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MUHD Fayyad Wa­jdi Hashim staked his claim in the CIMB Squash Ris­ing Star Na­tional Ju­nior Cir­cuit with a re­sound­ing vic­tory in the boys’ Un­der-13 fi­nal at the Hang Je­bat Squash Cen­tre in Me­laka yes­ter­day.

The 13-year-old from the Sul­tan Ab­dul Hamid Col­lege in Alor Star started as the fourth seed and downed top seed Hi Jia Rong of Sarawak, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6 in the semi-fi­nals to set up a fi­nal against un­seeded Shamiel Haeyzad Sharul­hisam of Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan.

Fayyad started strong in the fi­nal, set­tling the first set 11-2, be­fore Shamiel raised his game in the sec­ond set but still went down 1311 and the for­mer closed ac­counts by nail­ing the third set 11-6.

“It was not as easy as it seemed, as I was try­ing to min­imise mis­takes and play a safe game be­fore I was sure that I could beat him,” said Fayyad, who reg­is­tered his first ti­tle in his sec­ond year in the un­der-13 cat­e­gory.

“I had won three legs of this se­ries in the un­der-11 cat­e­gory two years ago, but after mov­ing up to the un­der-13 cat­e­gory last year, I was al­ways in the top eight but never reached the fi­nal.”

The girls’ un­der-13 fi­nal saw top seed, Nur Mais­ara Mohd Azlan Shah of Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan taken to four sets be­fore oust­ing third seed Clau­dia Yong from Sarawak 11-8, 3-11, 13-11, 11-3.

In the boys’ un­der-11 fi­nal, Sarawak’s top seed Harith Da­nial Je­fri beat Tereng­ganu’s 10th seed, Ad­din Iqwan Hil­man 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-3.

In the girls’ un­der-11 fi­nal Kedah’s An­rie Goh, also the top seed, beat sec­ond-seeded team­mate Choo Yi Jie 11-4, 11-8, 11-3.

The un­der-9 boys’ fi­nal also saw a bat­tle be­tween the top two seeds, with Sabah’s Danny Gan beat­ing Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries’ Oon Jay­den 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, and in the girls’ fi­nal, Kedah’s Whit­ney Is­abelle Wil­son beat Me­laka’s Goh Jia Xuan 11-8, 11-9, 11-5. Ar­naz M. Khairul

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