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Asian Champs in Malaysia: Keo delivers KO

RESULTS: 16th Asian Individual Squash Championships 2011, Penang, Malaysia

Women’s Quarter final
[2] Au Wing-Chi Annie (HKG) bt [5/8] Sun Mi Song (KOR) 11-3 11-6 11-8 (30m)
[3/4] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 11-8 10-12 11-8 11-2 (48m)
[3/4] Delia Odette Arnold (MAS) bt [5/8] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 9-11 11-7 5-11 11-5 11-9b (75m)
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5/8] Chan Ho-Ling Joey (HKG) 11-6 11-6 11-7 (31m)

Men’s Quarter final
[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS) 11-8 11-4 9-11 15-13 (51m)
[5/8] Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt [3/4] Abdullah Khalid H. Al-Mezayen (KUW) 12-14 11-6 11-8 8-11 11-8 (68m)
[3/4] Mohd Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt [5/8] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) 11-9 11-5, 3-11, 11-8 (71m)
[2] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [9/16] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND)  11-8 11-8 11-4 (46m)

Suchde, Arnold Hold on in Quarterfinal Thrillers

It was an exciting night of squash at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia, as the 2011 Asian Individual Championships continued today with quarterfinal play.

India’s Siddarth Suchde staged an impressive victory over Kuwait’s Abdullah Khalid H. Al-Mezayen. In a closely contested match, the players demonstrated deceptive racket skills, creative use of the court and an array of shots before an appreciative Penang crowd.  The match went to a fifth set decider, exactly what the tense crowd was hoping for.  “You never know what to expect of him [Al-Mezayen],” said Suchde.  “But it wasn’t just that I lost the fourth, it was how I lost it.  I was up 7-5 and he won it 11-8.  He outscored me 6-1 to finish it,”  Suchde continued, “In the fifth I reminded myself of how I got here and tried to stick to a basic game plan.”

Suchde will now face Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee for a spot in the final.  “Last time I played Beng Hee, he beat me 3-2 in India.  I would like to beat him in Malaysia,” Suchde said.

In a highly anticipated match, Malaysia’s Delia Arnold withstood a fierce fifth game come back from India’s Dipika Pallikal.  After quickly trailing 2-8 in the fifth, Pallikal fought back to tie the decider at 9.  Arnold was able to finish with the partisan crowd passionately pushing her on. Arnold joins team-mates Low Wee Wern and Nicol David, taking 3 of the 4 available semifinal slots. Annie Au, of Hong Kong, is the fourth semi-finalist.

Women’s 2nd round 
[2] Au Wing-Chi Annie (HK) bt Yeon Soo Yang (KOR)  11-8 11-4 11-5
[5/8] Sun Mi Song (KOR)  bt Kozue Onizawa (JPN) 6-11 11-6 11-4 11-4
Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)  bt Liu Tsz-Ling (HK) 11-5 11-7 10-12 12-10
[3/4] Low Wee Wern (MAS)  bt Zulhijjah Azan (MAS) 11-4 11-7 11-6
[3/4] Delia Odette Arnold (MAS) bt Ga Hye Kim (KOR) 11-5 11-6 11-9 
[5/8] Dipika Pallikal (IND)  bt Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 13-11 9-11 11-7 6-11 11-3
[5/8] Chan Ho-Ling Joey (HK)  bt Eun Tschan Ahn (KOR) 11-4 6-11 11-7 11-1
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Jerryca Teo (SIN) 11-2 11-6 11-4
Men’s 3rd round[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)  bt Kamran Khan (MAS) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9
Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS) bt [5/8] Dick Lau Siu-Wai (HK) 11-7 10-12 11-8 6-11 11-9
[5/8] Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt [9/16] Choong Kam Hing (MAS) 11-8 11-8 11-4
[3/4] Abdullah Khalid H. Ah-Mezayen (KUW) bt [9/16] Yuen Chee Wern (MAS) 8-11 11-4 11-3 11-8
[3/4] Mohd Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt [9/16] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) 11-1 11-6 11-6
[9/16] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt [5/8] Max Lee Ho-Yin (HK) 11-8 11-8 6-11 11-7
[5/8] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt [9/16] Leo Au Chun-Ming (HK) 11-9 8-11 11-2 11-5
[2] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt [9/16] Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi 11-8 9-11 11-7 11-9
Keo delivers KO as Malaysia sets tone

Eight Malaysians have earned their way into the quarter-finals of the 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships being held at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia.
Local Elvin Keo continued his winning ways today, defeating Hong Kong’s number one and event fifth seed Dick Lau.
Unseeded Keo has now run off three straight upsets, all of which went the to fifth set decider. “He (Lau) is such a steady player and he kept retrieving and sending the ball back and my legs were really feeling it,” commented an enthusiastic Keo afterwards.
He continued, “but I was trying to take it early and attack at the front in an attempt to finish the rallies.”
Indeed, Keo nearly won in straight games, but a second set tiebreak was won by Lau. Keo will now face top seeded compatriot, Ong Beng Hee, for a spot in the semi-finals.
The women’s top seeds all advance with impressive victories.

Also making the quarterfinals is Siti Munirah Jusoh of Malaysia after a strong performance against Hong Kong’s Liu Tsz-Ling.


She joins team-mates Nicol David, Delia Arnold and Low Wee Wern who all won convincingly.
Otherwise, all seeds advance and Asia’s top women will have a showdown as expected.
RESULTS: 16th Asian Individual Squash Championships 2011, Penang, Malaysia

Men’s 1st round
Nyeon Ho Lee (KOR)  bt Yuta Fukui (JPN)  11-9, 12-10, 12-10
Chen Ching-Han (TPE)  bt Yasir Issadeen (SRI)  11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 14-12
Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS)  bt Ammar Abdukareem Al-Tamimi (KUW)  4-11, 11-2, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7
Samuel Kang (SIN)  bt Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI)  11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
Ahmad Al-Zabidi (JOR) bt Marcus Phua (SIN)  11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7

Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)  bt Chen Shu-Kai (TPE)  11-4, 11-3, 11-6
[9/16] Choong Kam Hing (MAS)  bt Richard Espinola (PHI)  11-4, 11-6, 16-14
Navid Malek Sabet (IRN)  bt Soni Ramdhani (INA)  7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6
Muhd Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar (MAS)  bt David William Pelino (PHI)  11-9, 11-3, 11-3
Wong Hon Fung (HK) bt Chang Chun-Yu (TPE)  11-3, 11-2, 11-4

SeungTaek Lee (KOR)  bt Ken Okada (JPN)  13-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7
[9/16] Waqas Mehboob (PAK)  bt Huang Cheng-Yao (TPE)  6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
[9/16] Leo Au Chun-Ming (HK)  bt Seung Joon Lee (KOR)  11-8, 11-7, 11-7
Ahmad Al Saraj (JOR)  bt Mohammad Hossein Sanaee (IRN) Walkover
Se Hyun Lee (KOR) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN)  11-4, 11-1, 11-7

Johny Marthen Londong (INA)  bt Eranga Alwis (SRI)  11-3, 11-5, 11-6
Vivian Rhamanan (SIN)  bt Salem Fayez Mohamad (KUW)  11-13, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9
[9/16] Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi (KUW)  bt Shen Jiaqi (CHN) 11-1, 11-6, 11-2
Mohammadreza Sadeghpour (IRN)  bt Lal Wickremasinghe (SRI)  Walkover
Shinnosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Wang Junjie (CHN)  11-4, 11-5, 11-2

Malaysia, Kuwait and Korea Impressive in Men’s First Round

The 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships had a booming start at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia, this morning. The field of 64 men and 32 women representing 15 nations gave plenty to talk about for the local squash enthusiasts as all three Malaysian men won their first round encounters.

The Malaysian trio of Choong Kam Hing, Muhd, Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar and Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung, will move onto second round action. Choong and Bahtiar were both convincing in their victories, however, Keo will have to recover quickly after his grueling, highly competitive match with Ammar Abdukareem Al-Tamimi of Kuwait. Al-Tamimi pushed him to the very end before falling 7-11 in the fifth set.  “It was a stressful match for me.  I expected it to be tough… I hope to play my next match better. I gained confidence by winning this one!” said a tired Keo post match.  Perhaps a bit more exhausted, Al-Tamimi shared as much saying, “It was a difficult match.  I tried my best to win but Elvinn played very well.  I made many mistakes in the fifth and also the stamina made a difference.”

Al-Tamimi’s spirited loss was part of an impressive overall showing for Team Kuwait. While 9/16th seed Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi won in straight games, Kuwaiti teammate Salem Fayes Mohamad also lost in the fifth set of a highly competitive match with Vivian Rhamanan of Singapore. Unfortunate mistakes were the telling difference in the fifth set.  With Al-Ramezi and Abdullah Khalid H. Ah-Mezayen expecting to go far, the two close losses ought to provide needed confidence for the future of men’s squash in Kuwait.

Team Korea sends three of its four players through the first round after Seung Joon Lee suffered the sole defeat at the hands of 9/16th seed Leo Au Chun-Ming of Hong Kong. A fast-paced match, Seung went point for point with Au before losing the crucial points at the end of each set.  Otherwise, Team Korea dropped only one game as Se Hyun Lee, Seung Taek Lee and Nyeon Ho Lee move on.

RESULTS: 16th Asian Individual Squash Championships 2011, Penang, Malaysia

Women’s 1st round
[2] Au Wing-Chi Annie (HGK)  bt Jemyca Aribado (PHI)  11-2 11-7 11-2
Yeon Soo Yang (KOR)  bt Vanessa Raj (MAS)  11-4 11-9 11-8
Kozue Onizawa (JPN)  bt Celine Yeap Celine Yeap (MAS)  11-3 11-6 11-7
[5/8] Sun Mi Song (KOR)  bt Lee Ka-Man Carmen (HKG)  11-9 6-11 11-7 11-9
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [5/8] Joshna Chinappa (IND)  8-11 11-7 11-9 11-9   
Siti Munirah Jusoh
(MAS)  bt Ayssa Yvonne Dalida (PHI)  11-4 11-3 11-4
Zulhijjah Azan (MAS)  bt Gu Jinyue (CHN) 11-5 13-11 11-9
[3/4] Low Wee Wern (MAS)  bt Chinatsu Matsui (JPN)  11-7 11-5 11-3
[3/4] Delia Odette Arnold (MAS)  bt Miwa Maekawa (JPN)  11-6 11-6 11-8
Ga Hye Kim (KOR) bt Irma Maryani (INA)  11-6, 11-3, 11-1
Misaki Kobayashi
(JPN)  bt Janet Intan Winona (INA)  11-2, 11-1, 11-7  
[5/8] Dipika Pallikal
(IND)  bt Li Dongjin (CHN)  11-7, 11-9, 11-1
[5/8] Chan Ho-Ling Joey (HK)  bt Tan Yan Xin (MAS)  11-7 11-3 11-7
Eun Tschan Ahn (KOR)  bt Mao Shi Hui (SIN)  11-4, 11-4, 11-6
Jerryca Teo (SIN) bt Dulakshi Elikewela (SRI)  11-6 11-5 11-0

Men’s 2nd round
[1] Ong Beng Hee (MAS)  bt Nyeon Ho Lee (KOR)  11-5 11-4 11-9
Kamran Khan (MAS) bt Chen Ching-Han (TPE)  11-7, 11-4, 11-4
Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS)  bt [9/16] Waqar Mehboob (PAK)  11-5, 3-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2
Dick Lau Siu-Wai (HKG) bt Samuel Kang (SIN) 11-2 11-7 11-7
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Ahmad Al-Zabidi (JOR) 11-7 11-4 3-0 Retired
[3/4] Mohd Nafizwan Mohd Adnan (MAS) bt Wong Hon Fung (HK)  13-11 11-2 11-6
[9/16] Choong Kam Hing (MAS) bt Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)  11-9 11-6 6-11 3-11 11-4
[9/16] Yuen Chee Wern (MAS) bt Navid Malek Sabet (IRN) 11-3 11-5 11-2
[3/4] Abdullah Khalid H. Ah-Mezayen (KUW) bt Muhd Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar (MAS)  11-9 10-12 11-1 11-5
[9/16] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt SeungTaek Lee (KOR)  11-7 11-6 11-8
[9/16] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) 11-13, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9

[9/16] Leo Au Chun-Ming (HKG) bt Ahmad Al Saraj (JOR)  11-2 11-7 11-4
[5/8] Max Lee Ho-Yin (HKG) bt Johny Marthen Londong (INA) 11-9 11-2 11-4
[5/8] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Se Hyun Lee (KOR) 11-9 11-5 9-11 11-6
[9/16] Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi bt Mohammadreza Sadeghpour (IRN) 11-6 12-14 11-3 11-5
[2] Farhan Mehboob (PAK) bt Shinnosuke Tsukue (JPN)  11-3 11-3 11-4

Malaysian Men, Hong Kong & Korean Women Roll

The 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships had a booming start at the Nicol David International Squash Center in Penang, Malaysia, this evening. The field has been narrowed to 16 for both the men’s and women’s event with two upsets.

Malaysia’s Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung, having survived a 5-setter in the morning, again went the distance before ousting Pakistan’s 9/16th seed Waqar Mehboob in the fifth set.  When asked about his physical strength after two 5-set matches, Keo responded, “No matter how sore or tired you are, when you win, you feel good!”

Hong Kong continues to compete with three contenders reaching the second round after Liu Tsz-Ling defeated India’s 5/8th seed Joshna Chinappa. Joining the Hong Kong women in the second round are 3 Korean women making a statement in these championships. With the exception of Chinappa, the seedings still remain intact. Team Malaysia’s women took a hit, however, 3/4th seeds Low Wee Wern and Delia Arnold won soundly. Tomorrow, top seed Nicol David makes her debut in the championships in which she is heavily favored.


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