From Malaysia Star Online, Aftar Singh
KUALA LUMPUR. June 21, 2000:
Malaysian national players Mohamed
Azlan Iskandar and Yap Kok Four advanced to the main draw of the YTL Open
squash championships after winning their respective second round qualifying
matches at the NSC courts here Tuesday.
AZLAN TO FACE JENSEN
The 18-year-old Azlan eliminated Alexander Beel of France 15-5, 17-15,
15-5 while Kok Four downed Hong Kong's Yan Ka Ho 17-16, 15-5, 15-4. Azlan,
who will be representing Malaysia in the World Junior championships in
Italy next month, however, can expect a torrid time in the first round
of the main draw as he is drawn to face joint third-fourth seed Matt Jenson
of Australia. The lanky and hard working Azlan has never played Jenson
before but he is hoping to create an upset. "I'll try my best to beat
him. But it will be tough as Jenson is a good player,'' said Azlan.
KOK FOUR FACES FAHEEEM KHAN
Kok Four also looks set to bow out in the first round as his opponent
will be former Asian champion Faheem Khan of Hong Kong. The other Malaysian
in the main draw is defending champion Kenneth Low. Kenneth, who is ranked
58th in the world, is seeded second this time around and will face a qualifier
_Michael Hopkins of England--in his opening match. Holland's Tommy Breden,
ranked 54th in the world, is the tournament's top seed.
The Squash Rackets Association of
Malaysia (SRAM) executive director Wong Ah Jit said Kenneth should easily
qualify for the final. "Judging by his performance in the Milo Open (where
Kenneth lost to Ong Beng Hee in the final) and also with the homeground
advantage, he should have no problems retaining his title,'' added Ah
CARLA KHAN ADVANCES
In the women's section, Sharon Wee will join Nicol David in the main draw.
The other three Malaysian players--Daphne Ting, Kong Yi Zhen and Tricia
Chuah--all lost in the second round of the qualifier Tuesday.
RESULTS Second qualifying round
Mohamed Azlan Iskandar (Mas) bt Alexander Bell (Fra) 15-5, 17-15, 15-5;
Michael Hopkins (Eng) bt Roger Ngan (Hkg) 15-2, 15-6, 15-7;
Yap Kok Four (Mas) bt Yan Ka Ho (Hkg) 17-16, 15-5, 15-4;
Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind) bt Jackie Lee (Hkg) 15-6, 7-15, 15-9, 16-17,
Sharon Wee (Mas) bt Kong Yi Zhen (Mas) 9-3, 9-0, 9-1;
Eman El Amir (Egy) bt Daphne Ting (Mas) 9-5, 9-7, 9-2;
Junko Sakuma (Jpn) bt Miyuki Adachi ((Jpn) 9-2, 9-3, 9-0;
Carla Khan (Eng) bt Tricia Chuah (Mas) 9-4, 0-9, 9-3, 8-10, 9-3.