Finals day at the
REDtone KL Junior Open saw some excellent matches as the
champions were made to work extremely hard for their titles.
In the boys under 19 finals Top seed Tsun Yuen Hei defeated
team mate Lau Tsz Kwan in four games and will be happy to
have won the title he missed out on last year. The Girls
under 19 match was a real titanic affair with Andrea Lee
eventually retaining her title after she defeated Choi Uen
Shan in five games. Andrea began the better winning the
opening two games but Choi fought back to win games three
and four. In the fifth Choi began better leading 5.1 before
Andrea levelled up at 5.5. Choi again lead at 10.8 but
Andrea wasn’t finished and fought back to win the next four
points and retain her title.
In the boys under 17s Ong Sai Hung played probably the best
squash he has played this week to defeat Australian Alex
Eustace in four games.
Satomi Watanabe let off a big scream in delight at winning
the under 17 title when she defeated Mihiliya Methsarani in
four games. Meth had a big lead in the fourth game but she
couldn’t capitalise on this lead and take it to a fifth.
Siow Yee Xian defeated training partner Wong Peng Soon in
three games. Siow seemed to settle faster as he won the
opening game 11.2 and then he managed to sneak the second
game 12.10. He looked like he was going to win the third
after taking a commanding lead 10.6 but then found himself
in another tie break. The crowd was now into the match as
they wanted to see more of this exciting match but Siow
regained composure to win.
British Junior Open champion Aifa Azman added another title
to her collection after defeating Lai Wen Li in the final in
three straight games.
The boys under 13s final was between Kiven Shanmugan and
Duncan Lee. Kiven began and won the opening two games before
Duncan got back into the match and levelled the match at two
games all. Kiven got his game back together in the fifth
game to win 11.5.
Jessica Kheng from Sabah won the under 13 title as she looks
to prepare for next month British Junior Open, she defeated
Ainaa Ampandi who will also be going to the British Junior
Joachim Chuah looks a star for the future when he defeated
Muhd Fayyad in three games of good squash for an under 11
Sehveetrraa Kumar won the under 11 girls age group after she
defeated Sujithra Kunasekaran in three games.
A huge thank you to the sponsors and the organising
committee for this event that was a great success.
Semi-finals day in the REDtone KL junior Open saw another
day of brutal matches as the older age groups decided who
would be in the finals.
The boys under 19s final will be between the top two seeded
players both from Hong Kong, top seed Tsun Yuen Hei defeated
Iranian Zareian Sajad in three games. Second seed Lau Tsz
Kwan however was pushed the full distance by Puvendren
Subramanium before eventually winning the fifth game 11.1.
In the boys under 17 Ong Sai Hung defeated top seed Alireza
Shameli in four games and takes on surprise finalist Alex
Eustace after he survived another five game marathon this
time with Lai Cheuk Nam.
In the boys under 15 final it will be an all Melaka affair
after Wang Peng Soon and Siow Yee Xian sprung the upsets.
Peng Soon played the best squash I have seen him play to
defeat Hafiz Zhafri in three games and Siow was pushed all
the way by Daryl Gan but just had enough to win in five
In the girls under 19s event top seed Choi Uen Shan remained
on course for the title after defeating Zoe Foo in four
games. Choi won the opening two games but Zoe fought back to
win the third but Choi regained her composure to win the
fourth game. Second seed Andrea Lee saw off a strong
physical challenge from Sogol Samoodi to win through to the
final where she will look to defend the title that she won
The girls under 17 title will go to either Japan or Sri
Lanka after Satomi Watanabe and Mihiliya Methsarani both
beat Malaysian players to enter the final. Satomi defeated
Teh Min En in three games with Methsarani defeating second
seed Sara Chew in four games.
In the under 15 age group Lai Wen Li defeated top seed Nur
Aliah in five games with most of them settled in the tie
breakers. Wen Li will need to recover quickly though if she
is to defeat reigning British Junior Open champion Aifa
Azman in tomorrow’s final after she defeated Ma Si Yi in
Finally a Huge congratulations to the Malaysian Women’s team
on their Victory over Egypt this morning we wish you all the
best for the final tomorrow against England. Malaysia Boleh!!!
Day three of
the REDtone KL junior open saw us moving towards the
business end of the event as the matches entered the last 16
stage. The vast majority of the 5/8 seeds moved in the
quarter finals but some needed more luck than others.
In the boys under 15 Martin Kueh almost defeated second seed
Feizpour Hossein in what was a little and large match in
terms of body structure. The small Malaysian eventually
losing out 11.9 in the fifth game, a game which very much
had the crowd entertained.
Hossein from Iran will now play Daryl Gan tomorrow after he
defeated Kishenraj Chandaran in three games. Ooi Jian Qi
continued his fine form and won again in three games to
progress to the last eight where he will now play Wang Peng
Soon. Sunil Kumar and Harris Ramlee played a very
entertaining four games with the standard of play very high
with Sunil winning in four games, he will now play Hafiz
In the girls under 15 only Nurul Izzah created the upset
when she defeated Sneha Sivakumar from India in three games.
Ooi Kah Yan almost created another upset but lost out to
Iranian Nayeri Ailee in five games.
In the boys under 17s a few 9/16 seeds gate crashed the last
8, Darren Rahul continued his fine form this year beating
Cahn Wui Ki in four games. Alex Eustace from Australia looks
like he will give second seed Jesse Foo an interesting match
tomorrow as Alex defeated Muhammed Ezzri in three games.
In the boys and girls under 19 age groups there were no
upsets as the top eight seeds made it through to the quarter
In the boys under 11 there was a big upset when top seed
Andrik Lim crashed out to 5.8 seed Shamiel Haeyzad in five
very tight games. He will now play 9.16 seed Muhd Fayyad in
the semi finals.
In the girls under 11s the top four seeds all made it to the
semi finals only third seed Pezeshki Setayesh needed five
games to defeat Vashti Vinodhini.
In the boys under 13 top seed Daniel Gharouni defeated
Sacchin Kumar 12.10 in the fifth and then lost out to Duncan
Lee in three games. Nathan Kueh also upset the seedings to
defeat Ncholas Chee first and then Clifford Tay.
03-Dec, Day TWO
two of the REDtone KL junior open saw a lot of the seeds
crashing out in what was an exciting day at the National
centre Bukit Jalil.
The top four seeds survived but in contrasting styles. Top
seed Alireza Shameli and second seed Jesse Foo won through
in three games. Fourth seed Harley Lam needed four games to
defeat Laksana Bagus but it was third seed Eugene Heng that
needed more luck to see off Brian Akiikesh 12.10 in the
fifth game. Haikal Aiman created an upset when he defeated
5/8 seed Farhat Ali in four games, another 5/8 seed to lose
out was Suddesh Kannah when he lost to Muhammed Ezzri also
in five games.
In the boys under 19 event there were no upsets but tomorrow
there promises to be some very interesting matches tomorrow.
In the girls under 17s there were only a couple of upsets
Mhaitelly Shanmugam defeated Nur Elysa Aina in four games
and Song Dongju defeated Ravinthar Pravina in three games.
In the boys under 15 top seed Hafiz Zhafri was tested by
Daniel Nurhaqiem in four tough games, tomorrow he will face
school mate Adam Agan Aziz. Ooi Jian Qi created an upset
when he defeated Rutrick Rau in three games. Martin Kueh and
Loshmaan Veerakumar were two other players to create upsets
in this age group.
A few upsets in the girls under 13s as Muniandy Remashree
continued her fine form to make it through to the last
There were quite a few upsets in the boys under 11s as three
seeds were defeated, Chew Yan Chun, Muhd Wajdi Fayyad and Hi
Jia Rong created the upsets.
02-Dec, Day ONE
Day one of the REDtone KL
junior open got underway today with 8 age groups commencing.
Some of the larger age groups those that had 128 draws had
two matches and yet in the age groups played today not a
single seeded player was beaten. Matches began sharp at 9am
and continued throughout the whole day into the afternoon.
In the boys under 17 the top 8 seeds all made it through
pretty easily, the hardest match was for 9/16 seed Chongezi
Mujtaba Raza who needed five games to defeat Vinosh Nevyn.
Chongezi now plays Siow Yee Qian who also needed five games
to see off Tan Chean Tuck.
With more age groups set to begin tomorrow and those that
began today having tougher matches it should prove to be a
more interesting day.
juniors head for KL
Preview from Andrew Cross
A total of 570 juniors this
week will look to become the REDtone KL Junior Open champion
this week in what will be the biggest event held in Asia
this year and the second biggest junior event in the World
behind the US Junior Open.
There will be 10 age groups going from under 9s through to
the under 19s with the boys under 15s and boys under 17s
having 88 and 87 players competing.
Hong Kong will lead the charge for the under 19 events with
Tsun Yuen Hei looking to battle it out with Lau Tsz Kwan.
Malaysia’s hopes rest with Andrew Lee who is seeded 3/4 as
well as in the fifth eight seeding’s Shyan Kwan, Farez Izwan
and Puvendren Subramanium.
Hong Kong again will be the favourites for the under 19
title as Choi Uen Shan is the clear favourite with Andrea
Lee seeded second and Zoe Foo in the top half they will
hopefully make it difficult for Uen Shan.
Alireza Shameli is the top seed for the boys under 17 event
but will face some tough competition from Eugene Heng, Jesse
Foo, Ong Sai Hung and Hong Kong’s Harley Lam.
In the under 17 event Satomi Watanabe from Japan leads the
field and looking at it, it will be extremely tough for
someone to stop her.
In the Girls under 15s British Junior Open champion Aifa
Azman is the star of the show but it will be tough as there
will be four of her closest rivals trying to defeat her, Lai
Wen Li, Ma Si Yi, Nur Aliah and Chan Yiwen. This looks to be
a very interesting age group and the last 16 matches should
be pretty tough.
The under 15, 17 and 19 age groups will be held in the
National squash centre Bukit Jalil with the three younger
age groups at MSN Squash Centre, Jalan Duta.
In recent years the event has gone from strength to strength
with this week being no different we expect to see a lot of
tough matches and with the finals being on the glass court
in Bukit Jalil we will provide the rest of the world with a