SQUASH: Sivasangari, Eain Yow, Nur Aliah stars of the future
THOUGH the national juniors had to miss the medal ceremony to catch a flight home from the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Kish Island, Iran on Saturday, the three titles won mean there could be many more ceremonies in the future to partake.
S. Sivasangari and Ng Eain Yow are increasingly looking like carrying the country's future hopes in the sport after winning the girls' and boys' Under-15 titles respectively to add to their victories in the Under-13 category last year.
And the production line has not stopped there with Nur Aliah Anis Mohammad emerging a surprise winner of the girls' Under-13 event after an 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 upset of top seed Cheng Nga Ching of Hong Kong.
Sivasangari recovered from going two games down, and saved match points in the fourth and fifth games, to defeat teammate Zoe Foo 6-11, 5-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11 while Eain Yow, a British Junior Open Under-13 champion in 2011, trounced Jordan's Mohammad Al Sarraj 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.
Gurshan Singh was denied narrowly missed making it four for Malaysia when he went down to India's Kush Kumar 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 in the boys' Under-17 final.
Team manager Allan Soyza hailed the achievements of the national juniors who matched the three-title haul of last year in Amman, Jordan.
"It was a real good day for the team as we won three out of the four finals that we contested," he said in an email. "Nur Aliah was the real surprise as she beat the top seed. Aliah raised her game and played exceptionally well and got her just reward by winning in five to give us a great start.
"Sivasangari and Zoe were up next and this was so close with Zoe playing really well to go 2-0 up. Sivasangari managed to win the third but was struggling in the fourth as Zoe managed to reach match ball. Zoe again had match balls in the fifth and just could not close it out.
"Gurshan was up next and he gave it a real good go. In the fifth game, Gurshan managed to get an 8-6 and 9-7 lead but Kush kept his composure and played some brilliant squash to win it 11-9.
"Eain Yow was on next and he was in total control against the Jordanian and won easily. We had to rush back to the hotel immediately after Eain Yow's match to check out and go to the airport and missed the prize giving ceremony."