Duncan wins Satellite No. 11 in Seremban

KUALA LUMPUR: Second seed Duncan Lee warded off a strong challenge from third seed Amir Amirul before prevailing 6-11, 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 in the men's final of the PSA WSF Satellite No. 11 tournament in Seremban 2 on Friday.

It was Duncan's third PSA title this year. He won the PSA satellites in Seremban and Melaka earlier.

The Sabahan had defeated joint fifth seed Tay Jun Qian 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 in the quarter-finals and joint ninth seed Jooyoung Na of South Korea 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 in the semi-finals.

Duncan, 21, said Amir gave him a tough fight in the final and he was happy to win his third PSA title this year.

"I'm ranked 290th in the world and I hope to break into the top 150 by next year," said Duncan, who will feature in the CAS International in Islamabad, Pakistan, from Nov 30-Dec 4.

In the women's competition, Penang's Whitney Isabelle clinched her second Satellite title by defeating third seed Chen Yu Jie 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 in the final.

In the last four, the 15-year-old was stretched to the limit by Jessica Keng before winning 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.

In the quarter-finals, Whitney came back from a set down to upset second seed Goh Zhi Xuan 4-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-6.

Whitney, who won a bronze in the Asian Junior Championships in Dalian, China, in August, said she was happy to win back-to-back Satellite events in Melaka last month and in Seremban on Friday.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's Addeen Idrakie, Sanjay Jeeva, C. Ameeshenraj and Hafiz Zhafri will compete in the World Team Championships in Tauranga, New Zealand, from Dec 11-17.

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