Heng Wai lives up to expectations at Seremban Satellite

KUALA LUMPUR: Promising squash player Wong Heng Wai is on cloud nine after winning her maiden PSA title at the WSF Satellite No. 1 Tournament in Seremban today.

The 19-year-old lived up to her top seed billing by defeating second seed N. Shasmithaa of Selangor in straight sets 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 in the women's final.

Heng Wai, who turned professional in 2019, said she was delighted with her performance.

"I never expected to beat Shasmithaa in straight sets. I feel so excited and proud of my achievement today. Winning this is a big boost for my squash career," said Heng Wai, who is from Kedah.

"I was quite busy with my studies last year. There was the SPM exams in March and then I continued with my A levels.

"This year has been good for me so far. I reached the semi-finals of the KCC PSA Challenger in Hong Kong last month and was able to live up to my top seed status here in Seremban.

"This will motivate me to play better in future tournaments. My goal is to break into the top-200 in the rankings."

In the men's final, top seed Amir Amirul Azhar was upset by joint third-fourth seed Minwoo Lee.

The South Korean showed good composure to close out a 11-9, 11-13, 11-4, 11-0 win.

A dejected Amir, who is from Kelantan, could not hide his displeasure.

"I am disappointed with my inconsistent play in the final," said Amir.

"I played well in the first two sets but I was outclassed in the third and fourth sets by the Korean, whom I was playing for the first time."

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