Malaysia, Kuwait and Korea Impressive in Men’s First Round

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RESULTS: 16th Asian Individual Squash Championships 2011, Penang, Malaysia

Men’s 1st Round:

Nyeon Ho Lee (KOR) bt Yuta Fukui (JPN) 11-9, 12-10, 12-10
Chen Ching-Han (TPE) bt Yasir Issadeen (SRI) 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 14-12
Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung (MAS) bt Ammar Abdukareem Al-Tamimi (KUW) 4-11, 11-2, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7
Samuel Kang (SIN) bt Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
Ahmad Al-Zabidi (JOR) bt Marcus Phua (SIN) 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Chen Shu-Kai (TPE) 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
[9/16] Choong Kam Hing (MAS) bt Richard Espinola (PHI) 11-4, 11-6, 16-14
Navid Malek Sabet (IRN) bt Soni Ramdhani (INA) 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6
Muhd Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar (MAS) bt David William Pelino (PHI) 11-9, 11-3, 11-3
Wong Hon Fung (HKG) bt Chang Chun-Yu (TPE) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4
Seung Taek Lee (KOR) bt Ken Okada (JPN) 13-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7
[9/16] Waqas Mehboob (PAK) bt Huang Cheng-Yao (TPE) 6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
[9/16] Leo Au Chun-Ming (HKG) bt Seung Joon Lee (KOR) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7
Ahmad Al Saraj (JOR) bt Mohammad Hossein Sanaee (IRN) Walkover
Se Hyun Lee (KOR) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 11-4, 11-1, 11-7
Johny Marthen Londong (INA) bt Eranga Alwis (SRI) 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) bt Salem Fayez Mohamad (KUW) 11-13, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9
[9/16] Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi (KUW) bt Shen Jiaqi (CHN) 11-1, 11-6, 11-2
Mohammadreza Sadeghpour (IRN) bt Lal Wickremasinghe (SRI) Walkover
Shinnosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Wang Junjie (CHN) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2

The interior of the Nicol David International Squash Centre.

The 2011 Asian Individual Squash Championships had a booming start at the Nicol David International Squash Centre in Penang, Malaysia, this morning. The field of 64 men and 32 women representing 15 nations gave plenty to talk about for the local squash enthusiasts as all three Malaysian men won their first round encounters.

Team Malaysia

The Malaysian trio of Choong Kam Hing, Muhd. Addeen Idrakie b. Bahtiar and Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung, will move on to second round action. Choong and Bahtiar were both convincing in their victories, however, Keo will have to recover quickly after his gruelling, highly competitive match with Ammar Abdukareem Al-Tamimi of Kuwait.  Al-Tamimi pushed him to the very end before falling 7-11 in the fifth set. “It was a stressful match for me. I expected it to be tough… I hope to play my next match better. I gained confidence by winning this one!” said a tired Keo post match. Perhaps a bit more exhausted, Al-Tamimi shared as much saying, “it was a difficult match. I tried my best to win but Elvinn played very well. I made many mistakes in the fifth and also the stamina made a difference.”

Al-Tamimi’s spirited loss was part of an impressive overall showing for Team Kuwait. While 9/16th seed Ali Bader M. Al-Ramezi won in straight games, Kuwaiti teammate Salem Fayes Mohamad also lost in the fifth set of a highly competitive match with Vivian Rhamanan of Singapore. Unfortunate mistakes were the telling difference in the fifth set. With Al-Ramezi and Abdullah Khalid H. Ah-Mezayen expecting to go far, the two close losses ought to provide needed confidence for the future of men’s squash in Kuwait.

Team Korea sends 3 of its four players through the first round after Seung Joon Lee suffered the sole defeat at the hands of 9/16th seed Leo Au Chun-Ming of Hong Kong. A fast-paced match, Seung went point for point with Au before losing the crucial points at the end of each set. Otherwise, Team Korea dropped only one game as Se Hyun Lee, Seung Taek Lee and Nyeon Ho Lee move on.

The men’s second round, in addition to the women’s first round, is set to start at 4pm today at the Nicol David International Squash Centre in Penang.



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