Duncan denied visa for Queensland Open

KUALA LUMPUR: Squash player Duncan Lee is frustrated as his plans to participate in the Queensland Open in Australia from Oct 25-29 have been thwarted by visa issues.

The 21-year-old shared his disappointment, revealing that his visa application was rejected three times.

"I am not sure why this happened, as I've never encountered any issues obtaining a visa in the past for participating in PSA tournaments in Australia. It's truly disheartening, especially considering that I am one of the seeded players for the Queensland Open," said Duncan, who reached the men's final of the PSA Satellite 10 Tournament in Melaka today.

Second seed Duncan defeated compatriot Amir Amirul Azhar 11-5, 11-2, 11-7 to set up an exciting clash in the final against South Korea's Na Jooyoung.

The Korean upset the top seed Wee Ming Hock 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4 in the other semi-final.

Despite the visa setback, Duncan, who is under the guidance of coach Andrew Cross, hopes to win the Satellite event tomorrow.

"As I won't be traveling to Queensland, I will focus on next month's Malaysian Open and Perak Open after completing my current assignment," Duncan added.

In the women's division, third seed Jessica Keng caused an upset by defeating top seed Erisa Sano Herring of Japan 5-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-4.

She will be facing compatriot Whitney Isabelle in the final.

Whitney secured her spot by overcoming fifth seed Doyce Lee 11-2, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 in the semi-finals.

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