Thursday, 19/10/2017, Day four of the Ohana Malaysian Squash Open 2017 saw all the matches move to the glass court. Satomi Watanabe removed second seed Rachel Arnold from the event in three games. Satomi began strongly hitting with a lot of power and accuracy with Rachel not being able to get the ball behind Satomi. A few too many errors from Rachel also gave Satomi some free points and Satomi took full advantage to win in three games.
Sivasangari Subramanaim overcame a slightly slow start to beat Aifa Azman. Aifa lead 9.6 in the first game but she couldn’t quite get herself in front anymore as Sangari stormed back to win the next 5 points. Sangari never looked back as she won the next two games comfortably.
Ng Eain Yow booked his place in the Semi-finals with a tough four game victory over Mazen Gamal. Yow started strongly in the opening game leading all the way until he found himself at 10.9 game ball down, he managed to squeeze a couple of the next few rallies to win the game 13.11. In the second Mazen upped the tempo and won it comfortably. With the third game now crucial the players traded points until 6.6 but from this point on Yow wanted to make a big push and he did winning the next five points. With the momentum now with Yow he made full use of it winning the fourth game 11.1.
Ivan Yuen ended the run of giant killer Sanjay Singh in three games. Ivan started well leading 8.4 but found himself in a tie break as Sanjay played some really good rallies to work his way back into the match. Ivan weary now of letting leads slip wasn’t going to allow Sanjay another chance back into the match. Sanjay kept trying but Ivan used his speed to good effect. Ivan now in full momentum ran through the third pretty quickly.
Leo Au booked his place in the semi-finals with a tough fought three game victory over American Christopher Gordon. The first game was tough with the game competitive from start to finish but Leo had a couple of points advantage throughout. Leo upped the pace a little bit more in the second game to win it 11.5. The third looked like it was going to be comfortable when Leo lead 8.1 but Chris was not finished yet and fought back to 10.6 down. It looked like it was over when Chris left Leo with what looked like a quite simple Forehand volley but Leo missed it, now it was getting interesting at 10.7. Another long rally followed with Chris moving Leo to all four corners of the court and he sneaked the rally to get back to 10.8. Another long rally at 10.8 but this time unfortunately Chris couldn’t quite win it and it was Leo that advances to the Semi Final.
Milnay Louw won a five game match against Lee Ka Yi, with Milnay delighted to have reached the semi-finals with this being the first time that she has reached the semi-finals of a PSA10 event. Milnay won the opening game but then lost the next two games. Milnay was in complete control of game four though as she played really well to win the game and extend the match to a fifth. The fifth was pretty similar to the fourth with Milnay in control.
Zeina Mickawy played well to beat Alison Thomson from Scotland but was relieved to win in three games. Zeina won the opening game and lead 7.4 in the second before a run of 6 points took Alison to 10.7 game ball. Zeina regained her focus and won the next four points to earn herself a game ball but missed the opportunity. On the next attempt she managed to sneak the game and win it 13.11. The third was pretty much one-way traffic at the but Alison continued to fight for every rally running down as much as possible until at the end of the game her legs could no longer move.
Mazen Hesham continued to wow the crowd in the final match of the evening as he used all variations in his armour to frustrate Joshua Masters. Mazen on the forehand just has so many options and it was difficult even from the crowd to see what shot he was going to hit. Tomorrow’s semi-final promises to be interesting with Leo Au as they will fight it out to see who will play Ivan Yuen or Ng Eain Yow in the final.