KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) -- Reigning champion, Ivan Yuen kicked off his title defence in style by cruising into the quarter-finals of the 2019 National Squash Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil here, today.
The second seed who received a bye in the opening round made a short work of Muhammad Hafiz Zhafri Abd Harif with a resounding 11-3, 11-3 and 11-4 win in the second round.
Top seed Ng Eain Yow also advanced into the last eight after edging Muhammad Aqif Ampandi, 11-4, 11-5 and 11-5 in another second-round tie.
Meanwhile, Malaysia-born Sanjay Jeeva, who is currently pursuing his further studies in the United States, pulled off a surprise 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 6-11 and 12-10 victory over national player Muhammad Syafiq Kamal.
In the women's premier division, reigning national champion, S. Sivasangari advanced straight into quarter-finals by defeating Teoh Liyen,11-6, 11-2 and 11-5 in the opening round match.
Based on the tournament’s format, the winner in the women's premier division opener advances straight into the quarter-finals.
Premier Division: Men:
Ivan Yuen bt Muhammad Hafiz Zhafri Abd Harif 11-3 11-3 11-4
Ryan Pasqual bt Duncan Lee Yung Yii 11-8,11-1, 8-11, 11-7
Darren Rahul Pragasm bt Danial Nurhaqiem 11-2, 11-6, 11-9
Sanjay Jeeva bt Muhammad Syafiq Kamal 11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10
Addeen Idrakie bt Muhammad Amir Amirul Azhar 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-6
Ong Sai Hung bt Ishant Shah 11-3, 11-4, 11-7
Siow Yee Xian bt Muhd Farez Izwan Mohd Mukhtar 7-11, 17-15, 11-7 11-5
Ng Eain Yow bt Muhammad Aqif Ampandi 11-4, 11-5, 11-5
First-round results: Women' premier division:
Lai Wen Li bt Aira Azman 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 14-12
Ooi Kah Yan bt Nazihah Hanis Abd Razak 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
Chan Yiwen bt Amirah Rusydina Rosli 11-3, 11-8, 11-2
Rachel Mae Arnold bt Angie Ooi Zhi Ling 11-0, 11-2, 11-2
Aifa Azman bt Aika Azman 11-5, 11-6, 11-6
Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi bt Jessica Keng Jia Hui (Noor Ainaa won the match after Keng conceded a walkover)
S. Sivasangari bt Teoh Liyen 11-6,11-2, 11-5
Low Wee Wern bt Yee Xin Ying 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6