Doyce earns British Junior Open boost with REDtone win

Sabah’s Doyce Lee poses with her trophy after winning the REDtone International Junior Open Squash Championships girls’ Under-17 title in Bukit Jalil today. - Pic courtesy of REDTONE

Top seed Doyce Lee exacted sweet revenge over Ena Kwong of Hong Kong to win her maiden REDtone International Junior Open Squash Championships girls’ Under-17 title today. The Sabahan, who lost to Ena in the Under-15 semi-finals of the Asian Junior Championships in Macau in 2017, won 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil. The 15-year-old Doyce said she started off badly due to unforced errors. “I was under pressure after losing the opening two sets. But I never gave up and fought hard for every point. “I was trailing 9-10 in the fourth set but was lucky to win it to force a decider. “I played an attacking game in the decider, and it paid off as she was slow in retrieving my shots. “The win is a boost ahead of my third British Junior Open (in Birmingham from Jan 2-6) outing.” Meanwhile, Harith Danial Jefri stunned top seed Andrik Lim 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 in the boys’ Under-19 final. The 16-year-old Harith from Miri, who upset joint third-fourth seed Low Wa Sern in straight sets in the semi-finals, said he had defied the odds to win the title. “I am now looking forward to putting up a good performance in the British Junior Open,” said the joint fifth and eighth seed, the Under-13 runner-up in Birmingham in 2019.


(All finals)

Boys’ Under-9: Syed Arash Adamsa Syed Rashid (Ked) bt Thoriq Yusuf Nor Bakri (Ter) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4;
Under-11: Muhammad Mamoon Khan (Pak) bt Ayaan Dhanuka (Ind) 11-6, 11-7, 11-1;
Under-13: Simarver Singh Bamotra (Sel) bt Jayden Louis (Nse) 11-3, 5-11, 13-15, 11-6, 11-9;
Under-15: Aqil Mirza Naim Khairil Fariz (BJSS) bt Altamis Aqhar Sallam Suffian (BJSS) 14-12, 12-14, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10;
Under-17: Na Jooyoung (Kor) bt Oh Sojin (Kor) 11-8, 11-8, 11-3;
Under-19: Harith Danial Jefri (BJSS) bt Andrik Lim Khai Shan (BJSS) 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8.

Girls’ Under-9: Rhea Renise Balasingam (NS) bt Chew Nuie (Sel) 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9;
Under-11: Chiu Hau Ching (Hkg) bt Nurul Nageena Abdul Basir (Ked) 11-4, 11-9, 11-6;
Under-13: Jinoreeka Ning Manivananan (Prk) bt Emelda Camalia Abdul Razak (Ked) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5;
Under-15: Harleein Tan (NS) bt Cheung Tsz Ching (Hkg) 14-12, 11-6, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8;
Under-17: Doyce Lee Ye San (BJSS) bt Ena Kwong (Hkg) 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8;
Under-19: Toby Tse Yee Lam (Hkg) bt Whitney Isabelle (BJSS) 11-13, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7.

Courtesy from – New Straits Times