KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia claimed two titles at the Asian Junior Squash Championships in Chennai, India on Saturday with Aira Azman and Chan Yiwen victorious in their respective finals.
Top seed Aira, who turned 14 on Saturday, defeated compatriot Yee Xin Ying 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-3 for the girls’ Under-15 crown.
On Friday, the British Junior Open Under-15 champion sealed her place in the final by overcoming Hong Kong’s Toby Tse 11-3, 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, while Xin Ying overcame another Hong Kong player Kirstie Wong 11-2, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8.
“It is a perfect birthday gift which I will cherish forever. I hope this title will motivate me to attain greater goals in the future,” said Aira, who had won the Under-13 titles in 2016 (KL) and 2017 (Amman).
Prior to the meet, Aira helped Kedah win the team gold at the Perak Malaysia Games.
In the Under-19 final, second seed Yiwen upset compatriot and top seed Lai Wen Li 12-10, 12-10, 11-2.
Pakistan dominated the tournament by winning three titles, all in the boys’ section.
* Malaysians unless stated
Boys U-13: Yuvraj Wadhwani (Ind) bt Anas Ali Shah (Pak) 13-11, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10;
U-15: Hamza Khan (Pak) bt Arnav Sareen (Ind) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7;
U-17: Haris Qasim (Pak) bt Amir Azhar 10-12, 8-11,11-9, 11-5. 11-9;
U-19: Abbas Zeb (Pak) bt Chung Yat Long (Hkg) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4.
Girls’ U-13: Leung Ka Huen (Hkg) bt Lee Sze Lok (Hkg) 11-3, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5;
U-15: Aira Azman bt Yee Xin Ying 11-9, 4-11, 11-8, 11-3;
U-17: Chan Sin Yuk (Hkg) bt Jessica Keng Jia Hui 11-4, 12-10, 11-9;
U-19: Chan Yiwen bt Lai Wen Li 12-10, 12-10, 11-2.