KUALA LUMPUR, 7 Jan 2019:
Malaysian junior squash players won two titles in the 2019 British Junior Open Squash Championships which concluded in Birmingham, England on Saturday.
Ameeshenraj Chandaran, in fifth-eighth seed category, pulled off the biggest upset by defeating the top seed, Denis Gilevskiy of Ireland, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 and 11-7 in the Boys’ Under 15 (U-15) category, according to the tournament’s website www.britishjunioropen.com.
Another Malaysian player, Nickhileswar Moganasundharam, the top seed in the Boys’ U-11 category, lived up to the billing by edging the second seed, Chris Baddour of Egypt; winning 9-11, 11-7, 11-4 and 11-6.
It was contrasting fate for the defending champion in the Girls’ U-15 category, Aira Azman who failed to retain the title, losing 8-11, 11-9 11-7, 13-15 and 7-11 to the second seed, Salma El Tayeb of Egypt.
The joint fifth seed in the Boys’ U-13 category, Harith Danial Jefri also faced the same fate after going down to another Egyptian player, second seeded Abdallah Eissa; losing 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11 and 12-14.
Another Malaysian player, Whitney Wilson, the top seed in the Girls’ U-11 category, suffered an unexpected 11-13, 9-11, 11-7 and 9-11 defeat to the joint third-fourth seed, Anahat Singh of India.
You can watch some of the match replays at https://www.facebook.com/bjosquash.