Sai Hung to battle Dowling for Queensland Open crown

KUALA LUMPUR: National squash player Ong Sai Hung is in top form and looks set to win his first PSA Tour crown at the Queensland Open.

The 24-year-old was pushed to his limits by compatriot and sixth seed Bryan Lim before securing an 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 2-11, 11-7 win today to reach the final at the Daisy Hill Squash and Racquets Club in Brisbane.

Sai Hung will battle against second seed Rhys Dowling of Australia for the title tomorrow.

Dowling defeated compatriot and fourth seed Nicholas Calvert 11-5, 11-8, 11-3 in the other semi-final.

In the quarter-finals, Sai Hung faced a strong challenge from Japan's Naoki Hayashi but managed to win 11-7, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9 in 47 minutes.

World No. 142 Sai Hung hopes to raise his game against Dowling, whom he defeated a few years ago.

"I'm in high spirits, but I can expect a tough challenge from Dowling. I will give my all to secure my first title," said Sai Hung.

In the women's competition, eighth seed K. Sehveetrraa gave world No. 65 Jess Turnbull of Australia a run for her money, narrowly losing 11-8, 8-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9 in the semi-finals that lasted 41 minutes.

World No. 167 Sehveetrraa said: "I should have defeated the higher-ranked Jess after leading 2-1, but I made mistakes in the fourth and fifth games."

Turnbull will face fifth seed Heo Mingyeong of South Korea in the final.

Mingyeong defeated second seed Sarah Cardwell of Australia 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10 in the other semi-final.

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