1 April 2018

Back-to-back wins for Jessica
Media Title: New Sabah Times English (KK)
Section: Sport

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah squash princess, Jessica Keng Jia Hui clinched the CIMB Foundation 13th National Junior Championship Under-17 title as the tournament ended yesterday at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

The top-seeded Sabahan had a problem-free tournament as she cruised past Negeri Sembilan's 3/4th seed, Kiroshanna Manoharan in straight sets, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 in the Girls' Under-17 final.

The win comes after Jessica won the gold medal for Sabah at the recently ended MSSM Squash Championship last week at the Hang Jebat Sports Complex in Krubong, Malacca.

"Coming off back-to-back wins from big tournaments is such a good feeling, and I am very happy with my performances so far this year and I hope to continue producing excellent results for both Sabah and Malaysia," said the SMK Inanam student.

Her team-mates however came out short as all three Bukit Jalil Sports School State players, Duncan Lee Yung Yii, Yee Xin Ying and Lai Wen Li could only manage to finish second in their respective categories.

Duncan lost to top seed Danial Nuhaqiem Sharul Nizam, 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11 in the Boys' Under-17 final, while Yee was outplayed by national superstar, Aira Azman, 10-12, 5-11, 8-11 in the Girls' Under-15 decider.

Girls' Under-19 top seed, Lai on the other hand was taken by surprise as she lost to 3/4th seed, Chan Yi Wen, 6-11, 6-11, 11-7, 8-11 in the final to come up short for Sabah.

However, when contacted yesterday, Sabah Squash Association (SSA) President, Keng Chuan Seng praised the State junior players for their achievements, despite that they could have added another three titles.

"The players performed beyond our expectations and they were unlucky not to win several more titles, but overall it was a successful outing and good showing from all the players, congratulations to all," he said.

In other results, future hopeful Danny Gan was defeated by Kuala Lumpur's Oon Jayden, 11-6, 6-11, 3-11, 4-11 to settle for fourth place in the Boys' Under-11 category, while Doyce Lee Ye San also finished fourth in the Girls' Under-11.

Euodia Lai Hung Qing concluded her Girls' Under-11 campaign with a respectable sixth-place finish, whereas Tristan Andreas Muyou Angkaus settled for seventh in the Boys' Under-13 category.

For the record, a total of 21 junior State players took part in the championship, while accompanied by coaches, Bryan Faurillo and Mohd Munir Khan.

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