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Jessica, Duncan for Asian Junior Squash Team C’ship

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MALAYSIAN CHALLENGE … Jessica (2nd left), and Duncan (4th right), together with the other national juniors at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

16th January, 2019

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Two State junior squash players have been selected to represent Malaysia at the 19th Asian Junior Squash Team Championship taking place in Pattaya, Thailand from January 16-20.

The two Sabah players called up into the national eight-player team for the championship are SMK Inanam student, Jessica Keng Jia Hui and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), Duncan Lee Yung Yii.

Both players recently completed their first national assignment at the British Junior Open held in Birmingham, England where Jessica finished fifth in the Girls’ Under-17, while Duncan clinched a respectable seventh place in the Boys’ Under-17.

Malaysia head into the championship as defending champions in the Girls’ Team Event and silver medallists in the Boys’ category in the last Asian Junior Team Championships which was held in Hong Kong in 2017.

Jessica’s hard work last year paid off as she was picked to play alongside top national juniors Aifa Azman (Kedah), Ooi Kah Yan (Negeri Sembilan) and Chan Yi Wen (Kuala Lumpur) in the Girls’ quartet this year.

Whereas Duncan’s high disciplined squash play earned him the national call-up where he will join the likes of Siow Yee Xian (Melaka), Danial Nurhaqiem Sharul Izham (Kuala Lumpur) and Muhd Amir Amirul Azhar (Kelantan).

As the defending champions, Malaysia girls are seeded first where they are drawn in Pool A with Japan, South Korea, Macau and Chinese Taipei.

While Pool B features second seeds Hong Kong together with third seeded India, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the boys’ team is seeded second for their silver-medal finish two years ago where they are drawn with Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, Japan and China in Pool B.

Top seeds Pakistan are in Pool A with Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei, India, South Korea and tournament hosts Thailand. The national team departed for the tournament where a total of 13 nations are competing, yesterday (Tuesday).

   
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