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Media: The Star Online


Section: Sport

CIMB Foundation sponsored squash player Harleein Tan saved the day for Malaysia after becoming the only player to make it into the semi-finals of the British Junior Open. The 14-year-old Harleein produced a power-packed performance to defeat Savannah Moxham of Belgium 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9 in the quarter-finals in Birmingham on Friday (January 5).


Harleein got off to a strong start by nailing the first set, but could not maintain her momentum after Moxham mounted a comeback and claimed the second set. She, however, remained calm and quickly made adjustments before delivering her A-game to secure the remaining sets. Harleein is now set to face Rama El Naggar of Egypt in the last four. If she manages to come out on top, she will most probably face top seed Malika El Karaksy of Egypt in the final.


National coach Jess Tay was pleased with Harleein's overall performance and is optimistic about her potential to clinch the title if she could maintain her fine form.


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