Jessica captures Macau Junior Squash Open title
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.