Jes­sica cap­tures Ma­cau Ju­nior Squash Open ti­tle

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

KOTA KINABALU: Jes­sica Keng jus­ti­fied her sta­tus as one of the most tal­ented young play­ers in the coun­try with her ti­tle-win­ning out­ing in the just con­cluded Ma­cau Ju­nior Squash Open in Co­tai.

Seeded top in the Girl's Un­der-17 event, Jes­sica faced lit­tle prob­lem in beat­ing sec­ond seed Ch­eryl Li Wen Sze of Hong Kong 3-0 in the fi­nal.

Jes­sica topped her ri­val 11-7 in the open­ing set and never looked back as she went on to clinch the ti­tle by win­ning 118 and 11-3 in the sub­se­quent sets.

Fel­low Saba­han play­ers Kay­den Liaw and Ni­cholas Tan also did well in the tour­na­ment where the fin­ished third and fourth re­spec­tively in the Boy's Un­der-19 cat­e­gory.

Kay­den de­feated Tan 11-9, 11-7 and 11-6 in the third place play­off of the cat­e­gory that Hong Kong ju­niors Harry Law and Wong King Ye­ung dom­i­nated with a one-two fin­ish.

Coach Byran Fau­rillo said the tour­na­ment was a Malaysia Games (Sukma) ini­tia­tive for the play­ers to gain in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure.

The team man­ager for the squad in Ma­cau was Con­nie Lo.

Mean­while, Sabah's other play­ers also took part in the Ohana Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, where the date clashed with the Ma­cau Ju­nior Open.

All the play­ers com­peted in the premier events with Lai Wen Li fin­ish­ing in a cred­itable fifth plac­ing while Mohd Farez in 11th plac­ing.

The other play­ers were Yee Xing Ying and Dun­can Lee.

BEN­E­FI­CIAL OUT­ING ... Jes­sica (cen­tre) with Lo (from left), Ni­cholas, Kay­den and Byran af­ter the prize pre­sen­ta­tion of the just con­cluded Ma­cau Ju­nior Squash Open.

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