Thailand Open 2017
29 Sep - 01 Oct, Pattaya
(2) Rachael Arnold (Mas) 3-2 (4) Jemyca Aribado (Phi)
111, 5-11, 11-2, 18-16 (51m)
3rd/4th (1) Tong Tsz Wing (Hkg) (3) Sachika Inggale (Ind)
11-5, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8 (38m)
(2) Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) 32 (4) Alex Lau (Hkg)
11-7, 11-4, 12-14,
10-12, 11-5 (61 m)
3rd/4th (3) Elvinn Keo (Mas) 3-2 (1) Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11-8, 9-11, 5-11, 9-6 (Rtd)
Arnold and Sandhu take the Thai titles
It was full house at the Championship Court at the Ambassador
City Jomtien Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand. Besides the Thai squash
fans in Pattaya, the many squash enthusiast who made their way
from Bangkok, the expatriate squash community in Thailand there
were also the many hotel guest who all came to witness the
finals (the hotel is the biggest in Thailand with 4200 rooms).
The evening started with the women’s finals and long time
regional rivals, #2 Rachael Arnold and #4 Jemyca Aribado took to
the courts with loud applause from the crowd. Jemyca took the
first game where she played to length and kept the ball tight to
the wall. Rachael came back strongly and took the second game
with some power play.
The fiery Jemyca forced Rachael into many unforced errors to
take the game. Rachael again came back strongly to take the
fourth. It was tight all the way in the fifth and at deuce the
fans were entertained to a nail-biting exciting finish with
Jemyca having two match points and Rachael finally taking the
championship title on her seventh match point. The crowd stood
to acknowledge the superb entertaining match.
The men took the court for the finals and in a match spiced with
comical antics by Harinderpal Sandhu and well supported by Alex
Lau the crowd were entertained to good squash with amazing
retrievals. Harinder prevailed to take the match in the fourth
The prize presentation was well organized with well arranged
backdrops of the sponsors and photo images of the players.
Harinderpal in his victory address on behalf of all the players
thanked the sponsors and Thailand Squash Rackets Association for
a meticulously organized championship starting with the flawless
reception at the airport, to a well organized championship and
most of all the ever smiling and exceptional hospitality of the
Thais. He echoed the sentiments of all the players to come back
The title sponsors Singha Corporation are the largest beer
brewery in Thailand and there was free flow of beer for the fans
during the finals.
Overall and for first timers, the Thailand Squash Rackets
Association can be very proud for having organized and arranged
a championship that would equal the many good championship
organized around the world.
All players and officials would leave Thailand with fond
memories of a good championship and the exceptional hospitality
of the Thais.
30-Sep, Day TWO, Evening
Shock Exit of both top Seeds
 Jemyca Aribado (Phi) 3-2  Tong Tsz Wing (Hkg)
6/11, 11/7, 10/12, 12/10, 11/6 (62m)
 Rachael Arnold (Mas) 3-0  Sachika Ingale (Ind)
11/2, 11/6 (18m)
 Alex Lau (Hkg) 3-0  Ivan Yuen (Mas)
12/10, 11/8, 11/8 (40m)
 Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) 3-2  Elvinn Keo (Mas)
11/7, 11/4, 12/14,.10/12, 11/5 (61m)
The evening semi-final matches were all played
on the Championship Court.
The women semis kicked off the evening and the first match was
between #1 Tong Tsz Wing and #4 Jemyca Aribado.
The match turned out to be a thriller and was just reward for
the fans that had turned out early. The games see-sawed between
the two and in the fourth Tong Tsz Wing held match point but the
never say die Jemyca fought to take the game. In the decider a
dejected Tong Tsz Wing was no match to the fired-up Jemyca.
second women’s semi between #2 Rachael Arnold and #3
Sachika Ingale was a tame affair with Rachael romping home
The first men’s semi between top seed Ivan Yuen and #4
Alex Lau was an anti-climax. Yuen never found his rhythm
throughout the match while Alex Lau was deadly and won many
points with his drops. The match to the surprise of the fans
finished in three games.
The second men’s semi between #2 HarinderPal Sandhu and
#3 Elvinn Keo brought back the excitement for the fans
when the match went all the way to the fifth.
In easily the most exciting match of the evening played in the
true spirit of sportsmanship the players not only played their
hearts out but also entertained the crowd with much friendly
banter and antics, with Sandhu finally prevailing in five games.
The championship came to life with some tough quarter-final
matches in the men’s draw.
Second seed HarinderPal Sandhu was stretched all the way
before overcoming #7 Valentino Bong. Bong played well
above himself but one too many unforced errors in the fifth
brought his gallant run to an end.
Another interesting quarter-final was between #4 Alex Lau
and #12 Samuel Kang. Lau showed why he was higher seeded
by taking the first two games. Not to be brushed aside, Kang
came back strongly to take the next two games. The fifth was
close all the way to the end until Kang hit the tin twice
consecutively to give the match to Lau.
In the women’s draw, #4 Jemyca Aribado had a tough
quarter-final match against #5 Au Yeong Wai Yhann. Jemyca
prevailed in the fourth to reach the semi-finals alongside the
top three seeds, #1 Tong Tsz Wing, #2 Rachael Arnold and #3
Sachika Ingale, who all had comfortable wins.
Men's Draw & Results
Women's Draw & Results
SINGHA SQUASH THAILAND
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
Thailand Squash Rackets Association (TSRA) is organizing their
biggest ever squash event, the ‘Singha Squash Thailand Open
Championship 2017’, from 29th Sept 1st Oct. 2017.
The Championships has a 32 draw for men and a 16 draw for women.
This championship is being staged at Pattaya which is a world
renowned beach resort city. All matches will be played at the
Ambassador City Jomthien Hotel which has extensive sports
facilities including eight squash courts with glass-back walls.
Entries for the championships were announced through Facebook,
via the Asian Squash Federation and also the Southeast Asian
Squash Federation. Besides entries from Thailand there were good
entries from neighboring countries including Malaysia,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Indonesia including an
entry from Brazil.
Yuen (Malaysia), PSA ranking 40, is the top seed for Men,
while Harinder Pal Singh, PSA ranking 66, is the 2nd
seed. In the women’s draw, Tong Tsz Wing (Hong Kong), PSA
ranking 47 is the top seed with Rachael Arnold (Malaysia)
as the 2nd seed.
The total prize money is $7K and all players are given free
accommodation with meals at the 5-Star Ambassador City Jomtien
According to TSRA Secretary General, Mr.Akarin Hiranprueck, they
intend to grow and make bigger, over the coming years, this
first ever Thailand Open. Whilst moving towards making it a PSA
event they would also in parallel host a championship for non-PSA
players as these players make up the bulk in Southeast Asia.
Day ONE Report:
In the first Round of the Men’s draw the top two seeded players
had byes, and all the remaining matches went according to
seeding with no upsets.
In the Women’s Draw there were only three first round matches,
and here too all matches went according to seeding.
In the evening session the top two seeds, #1 Ivan Yuen and #2
Harinder Pal Sandhu easily sailed through their matches.
However, there were some close calls for the other seeded
players with #3 Elvinn Keo coming through a tough four game
match against Timorthy Leong. In the toughest match of the
evening #8 Muhammad Ezzri Nazri overcame #9 Sandap Jangra in a
nailing biting fifth game.