OHANA Malaysia Open 2017 – Day Five

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Friday, 20/10/2017, Day five of the Ohana Malaysian squash open 2017 saw the next generation of Malaysian players make their mark on the event.

Sivasangari Subramaniam was the first player into the Final as she defeated long-time rival Satomi Watanabe in four games. Sangari started off a little bit sluggish but then found her range at 4.0 down in the opening game. She quickly started to stamp her mark on the match and won the opening game. Another bad start in the second game saw her fall behind but this time Satomi didn’t relinquish the lead quickly winning the game 11.6 . Sangari came out quickly in the third game and stamped her authority on the match winning the third game 11.2. Fourth game now was important for Satomi but again Sangari began strongly and she maintained her points advantage all the way through.

Ng Eain Yow announced his arrival on the senior circuit with a massive win over team mate Ivan Yuen. The opening game was level but Yow won 5 points in a row in the middle of the game to win the opening game 11.9. Ivan seemed to settle in the second game leading 9.4 and closing out the game 11.8. Ivan again dominated the third game but he needed to come back from 6.4 down to win five rallies in a row to lead 9.6 and then close out the game 11.7. The match looked like it was going to be all over when Ivan lead 9.3 in the fourth game but Yow wasn’t done and gradually fought his way back in rally by rally. Yow surprised everyone by winning the game 11.9. The fifth game was point for point Ivan getting a match ball at 10.9 but Yow still wasn’t done and fought back to draw level. Yow then served into the nick to give himself a match ball and he won it on the first attempt.

Milnay Louw who was already extremely happy to have won her match yesterday was feeling on top of the world as she won her semi-final over Zeina Mickawy. Milnay won the opening game 11.5 but Zeina fought back to level winning the second 11.6. The third game was level up until the mid-part of the game but then Milnay broke free to win five rallies in a row and extend her lead to 11.6. The fourth game was tight and it was point for point all the way to the end of the game with Zeina leading 10.8 but Milnay fought back to win the next four rallies.

Leo Au ended the run of Mazen Hesham to make his second PSA 25 final in a month, having won the Hong Kong football club event a couple of weeks ago. Mazen started in fine form using good variation on all of his shots to create space and time for his winning shots. Leo started to slow the ball down using good height and found his way back into the game winning the second 11.7. Mazen seemed to be getting more and more frustrated at the way things he thought were going against him and again he lost the third game 11.7. Mazen found his range again in the fourth game back to having more time on the ball and creating distance for his drop shots. From 4.5 in the fourth he raced away to 9.5 and set up an exciting fifth. Mazen started the fifth well but Leo fought back to lead 10.6, a couple of big rallies followed and Mazen got himself back to 8.10 however a tin in the front forehand ended his title hopes.

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