KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is assured of at least one silver at the World University Squash Championships as Low Wee Wern and Nazihah Hanis Abd Razak setup a semifinal clash after both won their matches in the women’s event quarterfinals today. Wee Wern was rarely threatened in a 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 win over China’s Li Dongjin at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil while Nazihah also notched a straightforward 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 victory over South Korean Eum Hwayeong to progress. Top seeded Wee Wern said she is looking forward to playing her junior.
The duo have never faced off before. The other semi-final will see Tong Tsz Wing of Hong Kong playing Great Britain’s Nada Elkalaawy. “It feels good to win 3-0, I started well but towards the end she came back,” said the 26-year-old. “I was down in the third but my experience from playing on the pro tour helped me recover. “It is great for Malaysia to have two players in the semi-finals. “To be honest, Im am not sure what to expect as I have never played her (Nazihah) before.
“I hope she will show some strong fighting spirit in the game tomorrow.” National No 2 Ivan Yuen is the sole survivor in the men’s competition as Muhammad Addeen Idrakie and Sanjay Singh Chal lost in the third round and quarterfinals respectively. Ivan, who defeated South Korean Park Jongmyoung in the third round, notched a straight games 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 win over Hong Kong’s Yeung Ho Wai to move into the final-four. Ivan will now play Great Britain’s Joshua Masters, who downed Slovakian Martin Mosnik, for a spot in the final. Addeen lost to Yip Tsz Fung (Hong Kong) 11-3, 13-11, 11-6 while Sanjay went down fighting against Ho Wai 4-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6. -NST